My safe place

Munch’s preschool class has a “safe place” in her classroom where friends can go to express their emotions in a safe manner.  They can be sad or mad.  There are pillows and cushions all around.  It’s in a quiet little corner of the room.  I thought this was a great concept, so we have adapted it to our own home.  Munch’s “safe place” in our house is her bedroom. 

I too have a “safe place”.  The mom’s room, as it is affectionately called at my office, was my safe haven.  I no longer use my “safe place” since I am no longer expressing breast milk.  That little conference room was my escape throughout my really rough patches of my PPD and PPA.  There was a couch, a chair and a table.  The blinds were drawn, and there was paper over the window as well, ensuring total privacy.  It was nearly sound proof.  I could barely hear anything outside those four walls, especially while the breast pump was pumping away.

I shed so many tears in that room.  I also suffered from a few panic attacks in that room.  Once I began researching postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, I would read my books trying to understand how I could help myself heal.  I used this room to do yoga and do some deep breathing exercises.  I called my mom, my sister and my therapist from that room.  I am forever grateful to have had a “safe place” in which to let myself feel and just be.

About tranquilamama

Juggling parenthood, housework and working outside the home in the corporate world with my wonderful husband. Mom to 2 beautiful girls. PPD and PPA survivor. The title of my blog is after a phrase that was repeated to me in Spain during my semester abroad in college. It roughly translates to relax and calm down. Trying to tame my inner perfectionist and just be a good enough mom.
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6 Responses to My safe place

  1. katery says:

    i’m glad you had your own safe place when you needed it.

  2. Im glad you had this safe place, and I know you’ll find another, Im glad you have a place to gather your thoughts when you need to.

    • I am so grateful to have had that safe place for so long. I think I found one of my new safe places – the nature trails. My mission for my first week in the new building is finding an indoor safe place.

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