Journaling/Writing Exercise: Imagine yourself in a place you like to be (not necessarily someplace you like to *go*). What do you like about it? What are the most intriguing/appealing aspects?
If I focus mentally on a place I feel safe, where there are no awful memories and everything is exactly how it’s supposed to be, I oftentimes picture getting ready for bed in my bedroom at my grandparent’s house. I went to a prestigious prep school at the time and I always had hours and hours of homework to complete every night. I always looked forward to finishing the last page of homework, feeling the effects of fatigue and stress weighing heavily on my eyes, how good it felt to slide under my sheets and climb into bed.
I had a specific routine that I went through every night. After finishing my studies, I would turn the light on out on the deck outside my floor-to-ceiling windows. I would then pull up the window shades so that the ambiance from the outside light could fall into my room, creating my own night-light.
Being around 3:00 AM every night, nobody else was awake. It was just me, the moon, my bedsheets, and the peaceful tranquility of finally drifting off to sleep.