Imagery is a convenient and effective method of stress management. It can quickly calm your body and relax your mind. In addition, many people find it an appealing practice because it is neither difficult nor intimidating to learn.
There are a few different ways to practice Imagery, including being guided by an instructor, using audio recordings, creating your own recordings, or using your inner voice and imagination.
Using imagination, we can recall a pleasant past experience or conjure up some restorative fantasy to escape the present. The practice is meant to be time limited, with an emphasis on feeling safe and relaxed. While Imagery can be a deeply satisfying practice during calm moments, you may find it necessary to repeatedly rehearse an appealing script so that it will be accessible to you during a moment of stress. As is true for all skills, frequent practice strengthens our ability to implement them under a variety of conditions.
Scripts for practicing Imagery, often referred to as “guided imagery”, are widely available on the Internet or on apps you can download on your mobile device. If you prefer, you can create your own safe place based on some actual or imagined experience. I’ve included a sample Imagery practice that I hope you find helpful.
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