Pretend You're in a Perfect Place
Sometimes you feel sad or mad. Being sad or mad does not feel good. It feels much better to be happy.
What can you do when you feel sad or mad? What can make you feel better? You can relax. Relax is another word for rest. You can relax to rest your body and mind. You can close your eyes and pretend you are in a perfect place. Your perfect place is a quiet, happy place that you imagine. Imagining that you are somewhere that you like can help you feel better when you feel unhappy.
How to Pretend You Are in a Perfect Place
Find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes.
Think about a place that makes you happy. Pick a place that is quiet. It can be a place you have been before, like:
- Your grandparent's house
- A swimming pool or the beach
- A park or a field or a forest
You can also think about a make-believe or magical place, like:
- A fairy's house
- Inside a submarine deep in the ocean
- On a magic carpet flying high in the sky
Imagine how your perfect place looks. Is your perfect place bright like a sunny day? Is it colorful? What do you see in your place?
Imagine how your perfect place sounds. Do you hear music? Do you hear wind?
Imagine how your perfect place feels. Do you feel the sun's heat on your skin? Do you feel wind blowing your hair?
Imagine how your perfect place smells. Do you smell food? Do you smell flowers?
Keep thinking about your perfect place. Do you feel your body relaxing? Do you feel better than when you started?
When you feel sad or mad, take time to rest. Think about a happy place. Think about a quiet place. Resting will make you feel better. Resting will help you when you feel sad or mad.
This activity is appropriate for 4- to 7-year-olds. Have your child lie down and close her eyes. Help her imagine a relaxing place by describing it to her. Try this when she is stressed. Try it to help her relax before bed. Help her decide on the perfect happy place to imagine.
Describe your child's perfect place using a soothing, soft voice. Describe what he sees. Describe what he feels. Describe what he hears. Use details that are calming and soothing. Help your child imagine this perfect place for five to 10 minutes.
If your child can't think of a perfect place, you could describe a simple, soothing scene for your child instead. For example:
- Softly, slowly petting a furry kitten's belly as it purrs
- Hearing rain fall and watching drops drip down windows
- Following a butterfly as it flits across a field
- Watching a feather float on the wind