- Visualize a beach ... a beautiful and immaculate beach with soft, white, clean sand. It is located on a remote island dotted with tall palm trees swaying lightly in the breeze. The water is translucent and a brilliant shade of aquamarine.
- Listen and imagine the sound of seagulls flying overhead in a clear blue sky with a few very white, fluffy clouds on a brilliantly sunny day. See them in your mind's eye.
- You are lying on the beach, beneath the shade of an umbrella. You are perfectly comfortable; you feel the gentle breeze brushing against your skin, and you know you're about to doze off to sleep. You are in a very deep state of relaxation -- a pre-dream state.
- You hear the sounds of the waves crashing onto the beach. Let the sounds enter your ears and trickle down into your being. Hear the waves … loud and roaring, and then soft and silent.
- Hear the water roll up along the beach and then recede back to sea.
- You feel the perfect amount of warmth from the sun on your body and the light tropical breeze continues to caress your skin. You feel the warmth and comfort of the sand around you, supporting you and calming you. You are completely safe. You're on your own island and have everything you need. You are relaxed and calm. The longer you lie on the beach, the deeper and deeper your relaxation becomes.
- As you breathe, you feel the warmth and comfort enter your body on the inhalation and you feel a deeper relaxation on the exhalation. You linger at the beach for as long as you'd like, knowing you can return any time you want.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredNothing rejuvenates you more than deep rest. It's important to be able to rest even while you are still awake. Visualization can help this happen. Visualization is very powerful in changing your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Try doing the following visualization before going to sleep or at the midpoint in your day, if you want to release stress. This exercise is easily done by recreating a beautiful place you've visited or by creating a place in your imagination that is serene, relaxing, and beautiful. As you sink into the place of relaxation, take note of its effect on your body and mind. Without actively engaging the mind, simply breathe into any areas of tension and release the tension with the exhalation.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Michael Breus, PhD, Psychology, answered
Visualization, or guided imagery, can help reduce stress by distracting you from the stressful element, and by causing a relaxation response in the muscles. Watch sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, explain how this meditative technique can calm you.
Ben Kaminsky, Dermatology, answeredVisualization or guided imagery has been used successfully for controlling emotional distress and anxiety. Ideally, you should use this therapy in a quiet environment without distractions. But to show that it really can diffuse a tense moment, you should use visualization when you are in a confrontation at home or at work, while you’re waiting on the telephone “on hold,” or while you’re sitting in lines of rush-hour traffic.
1. Lie on your back or sit calmly in a comfortable chair. Ideally, this should be learned in a quiet room with no distractions.
2. Visualize a peaceful, relaxing scene, perhaps a vacation spot you have enjoyed in the mountains or at the seashore. Blocking all other thoughts, focus on this peaceful retreat and try to recapture the moment as you imagine the sounds, smells, textures, and feelings you experienced.
3. Become aware of your breathing, as you focus on the relaxing scene. Remember to breathe slowly from your abdomen--not chest--inhaling to the count of five, holding for three seconds, and then exhaling to the count of five. Do not let outside stimuli interrupt your imagery time.
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