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Creating a Safe Space
So why is it important to have a safe space? Mostly for a bunch of well-researched reasons.
In layman's terms, it’s important because it's good for our mental health. We can use a safe space when we are feeling overwhelmed and need to be in a place that is familiar and safe.
A safe space can either be a physical palace, like a bedroom, or an imagined one.
CREATING A PHYSICAL SAFE SPACE
Once we have a physical safe space we can relax, organize our thoughts, do self-care and get ready to return to achieving our goals.
It can be a small corner of the house where we can sit and relax for a bit or it can be a whole room. The important thing is that we feel comfortable in that space.
Here are some ideas on what you can do to create a physical safe space for yourself
Have a clean and organized space to help increase concentration
Decorate it with things that make you happy
Have essential oils for some aromatherapy
Surround yourself with things you love
Have some positive notes/posters on the walls to motivate and encourage you
Include things that can help you relax
CREATING AN IMAGINARY SAFE SPACE
A safe space can also be an imaginary place you can go to when you are feeling overwhelmed because of emotions, thoughts, and the external environment. We may not always be able to just go to the safe space we created in our home, but we can go to our imaginary safe space no matter where we are.
It's a grounding technique that can help us regulate our emotions before we can be ready to deal with the real world.
You can start to build your own safe space by imagining what you love. Here are some questions that can help you think about your safe space.
What makes you happy?
What brings you peace?
What helps you relax?
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Comfort Characters & Mental Health
A comfort character is a character that provides comfort. Urban Dictionary describes it as “when a character, which can be from a TV show, game, book, etc. makes you feel safe and happy when upset, sad, down, etc.”
Lately, I have been reading comments/posts that mention comfort characters and how those fictional characters have helped people’s mental health. So I did some research on this and it is definitely something I have briefly mentioned before.
There are characters out there that we feel a connection to because we can identify with their struggles or because we would love to have someone like them in our life. They make us feel hopeful.
Sometimes we like a character when we have no reason to. For example, there are many of us who like characters who are created to be mean, have not so great personality traits, or be the villain in the story. In those instances, we may like the character for their voice, their background, the love they show for another character, or for something we can't really explain.
I've had a deep desire to see a fictional character succeed because they have struggled so much and they deserve a win (Loki!). Then I begin to think if this character wins then, maybe, I too can succeed in whatever I set out to do.
Comfort characters provide us with a safe space, a place we can feel calm and disconnect from our problems. This helps us return to a baseline and be ready to face the world again.
Do you have a comfort character?