5. Go to your happy place
Guided imagery can help you relieve stress. By visualizing a happy outcome or a calming place, you can refocus the mind and body, says Ellen Simon, a social worker specializing in guided imagery.
She uses the technique with clients for everything from simple relaxation to weight loss. Her saying is, “You can change your life when you change your mind.”
Work on creating a positive image before it is needed in a stressful situation. Sit quietly and imagine a relaxing place. Many people choose the beach, but you could visualize the mountains or any other place that makes you feel calm.
Try to keep calm and control your breathing while imagining the relaxing scenario. Later, you can pull up the image when you need some calming.
Images in the brain are very powerful, Simon says. But you have to work on this technique if it is to be effective when you need it. Just like running a marathon, you have to build up to it to get the best results.
For more information on guided imagery go to Simon’s webpage.
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