Some of the best visualization techniques can do a whole lot more than you think!
Imagine you’re having a bad day.
Everything is going wrong. Your boss is yelling at you, some people were rude to you on the way to work, or maybe you just have way more things to do around the house than you have time for.
Really picture these events in your head.
Can you feel your heart rate getting a little bit faster?
Notice how your body starts to feel more tense as well?
That’s because the mind doesn’t know the difference between real or imagined events. As a result, your body can physically start to react to something you are merely thinking about.
But there is a much more powerful way to use our natural ability.
It’s called visualization for stress relief…
Through this method, you are able to remove images from your mind which may be causing you to feel stressed out or agitated, and replace them with more pleasurable ones.
What a great way to re-energize and boost the spirits!
The best part is that anyone can use this tool, anytime and anywhere.
A Peaceful Place
When it comes to ways for managing stress, there are many different systems and products out there.
I particularly like the ones that keep it simple. And the practice of visualization expresses this principle fully.
All you need is a couple of seconds to close your eyes and activate your imagination.
Hey, we may not be able to drop everything and take off to someplace peaceful and relaxing, but who says we can’t do so entirely in our heads?
You will truly discover, with repetition, a quick and easy solution to reduce stress and feel soooooo much better!
The trick is to activate as many of your senses as possible.
Try to actually BE in your imaginary spot, and experience all of the accompanying sensations that go with it.
Can you here the rustling of leaves around you, or the birds chirping? Or do you hear the steady crashing of waves on the beach?
Look at every detail around you and see it as clearly as if you were sitting right there for real.
One helpful visualization tip that I can offer is to choose a location that you have already been to. It will make it easier to follow the above guidelines.
Think back to that dream vacation or that secluded spot you like to wander off to on a beautiful morning…and drift away!
Typically, most people use this technique when they are alone.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t combine it with other stress relieving activities to make them better.
The next time you are getting a massage, try visualizing some exotic location and see how much the session is improved. Or do the same while you’re sitting in the spa at the gym…
Trapped on a crowded bus or train? Instead, close your eyes and pretend you are sitting in a forest, and the voices talking are the wildlife around you(Just make sure your purse or wallet are securely in your grasp!).
Perhaps you like to do some muscle relaxation exercises before you go to bed. This can also be a great time to work in some calming mental imagery.
The Canvas Of The Soul
Colors can often be used to evoke different feelings or emotions.
For instance, brighter colors seem to uplift many people, whereas colors such as green or a soft blue tend to be more relaxing.
Others that help with stress relief include:
- Certain shades of pink
- Pale brown
- Light gray
You can use this knowledge with the power of visualization to amplify your results.
Imagine you are surrounded by your favorite color, feeling its intense light covering you and keeping you safe.
As an alternative, some individuals prefer to picture the color as breath entering the body through inhalation. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try this and see if it helps.
It’s up to you to decide what will be most effective for your practice. So do a little experimenting!
I Can See Clearly Now
Some people have difficulty when they try to imagine something. That’s quite alright.
There are many guided visualizations available online and on CD.
These can work just as well for relieving stress and can be quite enjoyable too.
Also, I found this great program called My Visualization by Steve Jones, a clinical hypnotherapist.
It’s got some great tools for increasing your power of visualizing desired results in almost any area of your life!
Click the button above to learn more:)
Just like anything else, achieving success with this method takes time and practice.
You have to be consistent and allow your mind to begin believing that what you are imagining is real, but it will happen.
Then you can mentally go there whenever you want!
I’ve practiced some of the best visualization techniques over the years and they all work really well during times of stress.
Have you ever tried it? Let me know what you think below…