Reducing Stress Moves Us Forward
Increase Success and Reduce Stress with Guided Imagery
Guided Imagery is very beneficial to move forward in business. It helps business people, students, network marketers who want to grab the success mindset and go for it. In fact everyone can benefit from guided imagery, stress reduction, and relaxation. Provided you take action. Nothing improves without action. Getting healthy requires the guts to keep going through pain, worry, fear and setbacks. Persistence and accepting where you are and seeing the new you still has value.
Guided Imagery can be used to increase success. We need to have clear idea of what we want. Often stress and worry take us away from the actions we need to take. The more details you can put into your visualization the more real it becomes.
Guided Imagery uses the power of your mind to relax and reduces stress pain. Mental rehearsals, seeing oneself achieving goals, overcoming challenges, and dissolving problems are so powerful and effective that thousands of successful people have used this secret to move forward faster and enjoy the journey.
My Story Overcoming Lightning Effects
Do You Glow in the Dark?
Life after Lightning and how I found my mind again
It was a rainy, Seattle, Sunday afternoon and I was off to see some girlfriends for a few hours. All morning I had this feeling of dread and not wanting to go, but I'd promised to do some business consulting. So, not so merrily, I went on my way.
After arriving, it was good to meet new people and have a nice time talking and eating. A real storm started to build after being there at my friends' condo for awhile. Loud claps of thunder were growing louder by the minute.
I moved to the other room to help map out some strategies and new actions for them to improve their lives. Loud sounds of thunder and lightning were steadily growing to the point of shaking the condo we were in.
Out of the corner of my eye the sky really lit up. More thunder, rumbling, and a another flash. That one seemed to move away from the building and then came back in through an open window and smacked me on the left side of my head.
Not only did I see stars, I felt like my my heart stopped beating, and large amounts of fear and adrenaline filled my person. Have you ever have a surreal moment? This was mine. Being the hypnotherapist that I am, this little voice said, "Become a copper coil and get this stuff out of you." It made me laugh, so that is what I did and seemed to recover.
Next, I reached for the door handle and the door came of the hinges. Lost my balance and fell into the closet and that door came off the hinges. Wow, the start of being Super Woman! Oh, Lightning Girl! Later I was to experience "Fearful Woman".
The host came running out and said, "Please don't touch that bathroom door, let me open it please". She politely asked, "Do you think if you touch the metal handle on the toilet or sink that they will melt or come off?" My reply was, "Gee, I'm kind of new to this, doors-coming-off-the-hinges-stuff. What do you suggest?" We resolved that I'd touch everything with a towel or something in my hand...a buffer of some sort.
Well, things settled down and I seemed fine, went back in the room and finished the other consulting work that was scheduled.
Finally it was time to leave my friends' house and was I was thinking, "no worries". So, off to the car I went and all of the car alarms started going off that signaled there was a disturbance in the force.
The next morning I had a "cute white skunk streak" in front and the side of my hair. A lovely very red rash from my neck to my waist on the left side of my body had appeared. Several days later my heart started skipping beats, anxiety, and white knuckled terror attacks. Trips to the hospital.
I was so angry that my life had been good and my business had been really taking off. Then Bam! The Universe took away that feeling of being lucky. When you get screwed by the Universe, where do you go for faith? Inside yourself - then reach out, research and find out how to get better. Action Action and More Action was my call to arms. Surviving not for the faint-hearted A long and winding road for sure.
From fearless -- to afraid of everything, very depressing. So I compensated by narrowing my life and consulting and hypnotherapy practice significantly. Never had any problems with my helping people during this time. It was so strange. I was working out of the part of the brain that wasn't damaged.
Rain in Seattle caused nearly stroke-level fear. Spent a lot of time in the bathroom that had no windows.
I finally got sick of my life and wanted to do something different, but no longer trusted my brain or my ability to learn. Memory was a thing of the past. My humor helped during this time however at times it was orbiting Mars.
My journey of adventures continued for 15 years. There were no problems when I was working. Just the ability to do math and follow directions or find my way home from the grocery store. Brain potholes is what I called these moments. You never know where they until you hit one. My once really great memory was now Swiss cheese.
The health care professionals really don't know what to do with people like me "a lightning survivor". Getting the extra electrical charge out of the brain is the problem. I thought my brain was to slow when in reality it was hyper. Discovered this through a Nintendo DS game, Brain Age 2, as a gift.
This game is great for the brain, did the first test and my brain was age 85. After working with it for awhile it's now down to 37. One of the exercises is to relax the brain, where I experienced a physical sensation of the brain slowing down and working more effectively. That my brain was firing faster than I could talk or process caused the feeling of almost stuttering. The insight from that realization gave me greater understanding as to why under stress my brain knowledge and resources seemed to evaporate.
My husband researched and found that survivors have some unusual affects, your body won't hold B vitamins very well, sleep disturbances, headaches, pain, severe depression. "Gee Honey, You have about 70 of the 90 symptoms." Oh joy!
Through acupuncture, diet, walking, yoga and a loving husband, I started to recover but had several devastating relapses.
One particular bad relapse happened on a rainy day again in Seattle. I got stuck behind a utility truck on a metal bridge and spectacular storm with lightning for 10-15 minutes, all around us. I finally drove home and spent the next few hours in my car terrified to venture out to cross the street to my home.
It was after years of work I was back at step one. Saddened angry frustration and wanting to quit trying. After some self pity time. Decided this was not for me. I wanted my life back and a better one. The long journey of keeping my dreams alive, in spite of people saying you will never be the same. No I am strong and more committed to heal, to restart my dreams, and steel myself for the process of recovery. I want to move from survival to Thrival as I call it.
Eventually I worked and designed my own programs to begin healing and read several books that helped like Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.
Then my old fears cropped up, like, "Can I learn or remember?" or "What about those mind potholes?" Sometimes couldn't add or subtract on the same day. Can the challenged brain be retrained to really learn technical computer stuff? These were the questions and fears that plagued me. I knew what life was going to be like if I continued doing the same old things.
There are still days that are challenging in learning. Some times asking the same thing several times before it sticks. But hey, my life is so much better and getter better by the minute.
Yes, I did enjoy learning and persisted beyond my fears. I am now back writing to help others overcome their fears and learn to minimize them. Learning again to use the Positive with steel resolve and action in my daily life has given me back my life. "The Positive Works", yes it does. Not the sweet coated one. The positive healthy part that looks at you realistically and and says get going lady. Make each day count.
10 Tips To Overcome Stress
Relax and be successful
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10 Tips to Overcoming Stress:
- Breathe deeply several times when you feel tension or tightness in your neck and shoulders.
- Rotate your neck and move shoulders up and down a few times.
- Look at what is causing the immediate stress. Is it a deadline - are you prepared? Is there a constant change of plans? if you can't find a way to do it differently, try to accept this as part of job and relax with the truth.
- Having a soothing photograph or a picture of you at a happier time.
- Remember what brought you to learning about network marketing - the promises of more time with family, working from home, setting your own hours, no commute, and a greater income.
- Physical activity is one of the magic de-stressors. Golf, yoga, walking and any other physical activity help decease cortisol.
- Set aside 5 to 15 minutes daily to rehearse your successes.
- Use music or guided meditations. Have an index card with your list what you want to have in your life.
- Make time for friends and family. Short breaks keep the edge.
- Use biofeedback games or devices that teach you about how you respond differently to your stressors.
Guided Imagery Promotes Relaxation and Increases Income
More energy through mental coaching
As people, speakers, business owners, or network marketers, we are always learning and trying new things to connect with people and increase income. The constant learning, while fun, can be stressful. Many network marketers have full time jobs until they get their business fully up and running, which leaves little time to take a break and relax for more than a few minutes.
My goal is to help you understand that guided imagery and mental coaching help you, your body and your mind to be so much more effective. It allows you to have more clarity, carry though, and confidence to enjoy your meetings with people more. The family benefits as you are more relaxed, and people you connect with feel you are truly present and enjoy your work.
This tells the world that what you are doing could be fun and you are so relaxed. You would like them to join you and have that same relaxed, happy feeling where people want to help others as you have helped them.
Stress affects every organ in the body. Over the long term it can cause multiple health problems and rob you of the life you want. Researchers in Southern California say they have concluded that while fear and stress don't cause pain, they can amplify it, and the reduction of tension in the body can reduce its effects. They also maintain that lower tension can also boost the body's immune system. The research,they say, shows that pleasing images created in the imagination in one part of the brain can actually ease chronic pain in another part of the brain. In some cancer patients the imaginary image is so strong the brain believes it to be real.
The images themselves are created by the patient, who is guided into a physically relaxed state where all of the senses are used - to see every detail of the scene, smell all of the aromas, and hear all of the sounds. Patients can be taught to guide themselves into relaxation, deeper and quicker each time with practice. They can stay as long as they want to escape the stressors on the body.
Reservations about guided imagery remain, much as some people have a lingering resistance to hypnosis in the mistaken belief they will walk down the street clucking like a chicken. Guided imagery and hypnosis both focus the mind while it is in a state of relaxation, and while guided imagery works in a hypnotic state it does not use hypnosis as such. Whether it is meditation, guided meditation, guided imagery, or self-hypnosis, it is perfectly natural and completely safe.
What You Feel is What You Get
Feelings are so powerful. They generate images and memories. The more positive feelings you can experience, the faster you can improve the quality of your thoughts. Remembering those moments and situations where you felt accepted loved and empowered is a tool worth cultivating. Like any muscle the more it is used, the stronger that muscle becomes, the healthier you become. Enjoy the victories won from hard work and persistence. They are yours to keep.
Guided Imagery, Stress and Cancer
It is increasingly taken for granted today, but in the 1970s it was a provocative notion to suggest a connection between the mind and the body to fight the effects of cancer - if anyone spoke of cancer at all.
The conventional wisdom until then was that cancer was a death sentence, painful and slow, and that all medical science could do was go through the motions to ease the suffering. But a curiosity about why some patients with similar cancers and similar treatments responded differently led to a conclusion that those with a more positive outlook tended to respond better to treatment and went on to live longer, with fewer side effects.
The discovery was more stunning at the time because it came from a recognized, reputable member of mainstream medicine, radiation oncologist Dr. Carl Simonton, who went on to say that feelings of hopelessness actually contributed to a hastier death, and those who offered patients no hope of survival or recovery were part of the problem.
Simonton added elements of meditation and emotional support to a cancer treatment program at Travis Air Force Base in California in the early 1970s and a few years later at a research and counseling center he founded in Fort Worth. He felt - and insisted he could demonstrate - it gave patients more of a sense of control over their cancer.
His work was instrumental in the development of what is now referred to as guided imagery. He taught his own patients to visualize their bodies in a literal war with cancer, cell by cell - and winning. Guided imagery, or mental imagery, is widely accepted and used now to manage the side-effects of cancer, specifically tension, blood pressure, and pain.
Researchers in Southern California say they've concluded that while fear and stress don't cause pain, they can amplify it, and the reduction of tension in the body can reduce its effects. They also maintain lower tension can also boost the body's immune system. The research, they say, shows that pleasing images created in the imagination in one part of the brain can actually ease chronic pain in another part of the brain, and that in some patients the imaginary image is so strong the brain believes it to be real.
The images themselves are created by the patient, who is guided into a physically relaxed state where all of the senses are used - to see every detail of the scene, smell all of the aromas, and hear all of the sounds. Patients can be taught to guide themselves into relaxation, deeper and quicker each time with practice, and stay as long as they want to escape the stressors on the body.
Let me say again reservations about guided imagery remain, much as some people have a lingering resistance to hypnosis. Guided imagery and hypnosis both focus the mind while it is in a state of relaxation, and while guided imagery works in a hypnotic state it does not use hypnosis as such. Whether it is meditation, guided meditation, guided imagery, or self-hypnosis, it is perfectly natural and completely safe.
We are still learning the power of the mind. New technology can show parts of the brain activated during guided imagery and the benefits of the mind and body.
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