Last week, we talked about stress and what we can do to try to take some of the burden off ourselves by discussing some ways to relax. This week we are going to spotlight one way that’s easy to do and super effective! Meditation is a fantastic way to find our center and relax, but can seem a bit intimidating, as it requires some practice to get the most out of. That’s where guided imagery comes in!
Guided imagery is “a technique that uses words and music to evoke positive imaginary scenarios in a subject with a view to bring about some beneficial effect” according to Wikipedia.
This technique has been proven over the last 25 years to be effective in helping people suffering from depression, high blood pressure, low self-esteem, anxiety and so much more. It has been used to help alleviate anxiety before people undergo surgery, help with fitness goals, to gain some relief from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and smoking cessation.
It would seem that this requires a fair amount of effort on our part in order to maximize the benefit from guided imagery, doesn’t it? That couldn’t be farther from the truth! We can use this phenomonal tool anywhere and anytime (the exception to this is operating a vehicle or piece of equipment) and the only effort we must put forth is putting the cd in our player, putting headphones on and pressing play!
This technique is gentle and has no known side-effects, so check out the links below to help you get started!
Have you tried guided imagery? What did you like about it? Have any tips for those of use wanting to try it? Drop us a line in the comments section!
Guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek’s website here.
Guided imagery CDs at Amazon here.