Daily Prompt: (from WordPress): “A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.”
Sanctuary = safety, a place to relax, a place to reconnect with self, with a higher power, with our self-confidence. When I find myself overwhelmed I use a trick I teach quite a few of my clients with anxiety. It’s called visualization and using your favorite place makes the visualization that much easier. Here is where I go….
Our family lake house. It is on an island so the trek begins via a small boat and short ride across to the island. As we move across the water, I can see to the bottom. The water is so clear and you can see the rocks that line the bottom.
Once we make it to shore at the island, I find myself drawn to sit at the edge of the dock. It is here that you can hear the gentle lapping of the water against the dock and the rocks on shore. Sticking my feet in the water, I can feel the refreshing coolness of the water. It is also here that I can see to the bottom of the lake which is only about 3 feet deep. The small sunfish are swimming around and every once in a while one will be brave enough to approach your toes and even take a nibble. A gentle breeze blows through the trees and you can hear the rustle of the leaves. The smell of the wind and water is so clean and refreshing.
I lay back on the dock with my feet hanging in the water and feel the warmth of the wood on my back as the sun beats down on my face. Closing my eyes to hear the sounds of the loons and the nearby ducks.
I feel like I am there right now! This is where I go when I can’t actually go. And when I can it is that much better.
My other option is for a run. Another place to just let go of the stress and overwhelmingness of the day and refocus. Whether it is at the gym on the dreadmill or outside in my neighborhood, nothing beats a good run!