A bright, azure blue sky with thin streaks of cloud. Majestic snow-capped mountains. A sea of wild lupins. An explosion of colors – blue, purple, pink and many shades in between. A shallow, stony river bed with low water flowing in trickles. Crisp, fresh and clean air. The refreshing taste of pure water in my mouth. The relaxing sounds of a stream bubbling by and echoes of birds calling in the sky. The ticklish feeling in my hand as I gently stroke the flowers.

This is the sight, sound, smell, taste and touch of my safe place. It’s peaceful and relaxing. I visualize myself in this place whenever I feel the need to calm myself and relieve my anxiety; a relaxation technique I learned in therapy. It’s my safe haven for now.