- Mental Health
The Guided Imagery Technique for Relaxation and Stress Relief
How have you been feeling lately? Are you often fatigued? Do you catch colds easily? Are you getting sick of your job?
You sound stressed.
One remedy for stress is to take a break. Take some time off and go on vacation. Everyone needs to unwind and take a break from life once in a while.
Impossible you say? You have no time off, no money to go anywhere. No problem! Visualize yourself there instead.
Visualization, or guided imagery, can help you feel better, calmer, more relaxed. It actually works to help you destress. When you visualize something, the same parts of your brain are activated as when you actually do it. So daydreaming about lying on a beach will help you to feel as relaxed as if you have actually gone there. And for a lot less money.
So let's get started.
It is helpful to get yourself as relaxed as possible before you begin. Here's how:
- Find a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed. Grab a blanket as your body temperature may drop as you get more relaxed.
- Get into a comfortable position with your head supported.
- Breathe quietly for a few minutes. Affirmations like "I am letting go" or "tension is leaving my body" can be helpful.
Now choose where you want to go. It can be a place you have been before. It can be a place you have seen in pictures. Or it can be a place that only exists in your imagination.
Here are a few suggestions:
- a beach
- a forest
- a rose garden
- on top of a mountain
- in front of a fireplace
Now imagine yourself there. Use all of your senses. What do you see? Do you hear birds chirping or water running? What are you lying on, sand perhaps or a cozy bearskin rug. What do you smell, flowers or pine trees perhaps.
Now just be there a while. Let your worries melt away as you soak up the scene. Stay as long as you like. When you are ready, slowly begin to wiggle your fingers and toes. Move your arms and legs around. Open your eyes. Feel how relaxed you are. Get up and get on with your day.
Remember, as first it may be difficult to concentrate on your inner holiday. Your mind may wander. That is OK. The more you practice this the easier it will be. Your visualizations will get more vivid and detailed.
Try some of these videos to get you started: Relax on a beach.
Take a walk in a forest.
Float on a cloud.
I hope you enjoyed these visualizations. Be sure to take some time to yourself every single day. It is absolutely essential to your health.