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Daydreaming & Visualisation

Lots of people find visualising scenes such as a calming and safe place or a really lovely memory a helpful coping tool when they are feeling particularly anxious or distressed. It can be really helpful to start practicing it when you’re not feeling at your worst so that it will come more naturally and easily when you do need it in a time of crisis.

This useful guide gives you tips on how to start trying this out yourself- why not give it a try?

NHS Scotland have also created this ten minute visualisation mp3 which you may wish to listen to.


There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.

If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.

Did this activity help your mental wellbeing?

If yes, why do you think it helped?

What would you say to other young people who are thinking of trying this?