Self soothing using the senses Part 1 Vision

Last week I talked about getting back to basic of self-care. I mentioned that I would post a series of helpful techniques you could try to use. So to kick off a series of posts about swapping harming self-soothing techniques here are a few based on vision. You could try picking a few this week then try some more until you find a few you can use in an emergency situation to remain calm, distressed or re-center yourself. Or at least add to your self-care basics on regular bases. Remember scheduling time for you is not selfish it’s a healthy practice for good mental, spiritual and physical health.


  1. Buy one beautiful flower or plant and place it where you can see it
  2. Make one space in your home pretty and just for you
  3. Light a candle
  4. Set a pretty place at the table for dinner/lunch/breakfast
  5. Use your best things
  6. Go to a museum and view the art
  7. Sit in the lobby of a beautiful hotel
  8. Look at nature around you
  9. Look at the stars
  10. Walk through a park or pretty area in town
  11. Fix your nails
  12. Look at beautiful pictures in a book or on the internet
  13. Be mindful of each sight that passes you, but don’t linger on any.
  14. If you collect things to put some or all on display
  15. Watch the sea waves roll in or walk along a river bank
  16. Watch your children/grandchildren playing
  17. Paint a picture or sketch
  18. Do a hobby you enjoy or take one up
  19. Watch a sport you enjoy
  20. Be a tourist in your hometown
  21. Watch a movie or play

Self-care the basics is a great place to start before you work on self-soothing.

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