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Learning Guided Imagery Can Reduce Your Anxiety

Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Sunday, December 27th, 2020

Many people utilize yoga and meditation to supplement talk therapy and group meetings to develop a positive mindset. Still, many people do not have experience with guided imagery. Guided imagery is a type of focused relaxation intended to unite the mind and body to create harmony and peaceful images. It involves using all five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. 

How to Use Guided Imagery

While guided imagery sessions may vary, they typically involve being in a quiet place, either sitting or laying down. Soothing music can be on in the background if preferred. The person closes their eyes and concentrates on taking some relaxing deep breaths. They envision a peaceful place in their mind and focus on that. It can be a deserted beach, a mountain top, a happy place from their childhood, or anything else they associate with peace and relaxation. 

The person adds details to the scene that utilizes the five senses, such as feeling a light breeze on their skin, smelling the salty sea air, or hearing the joyful laughter of children at play. After spending some time in your mind inhabiting this happy scene, do a brief countdown to bring yourself back to reality. Remember that you can return to your chosen place of peace whenever you need a break from the world.

The Benefits of Using Guided Imagery

The use of guided imagery can offer both emotional and physical benefits. Practitioners often report an uptick in positive feelings and hopefulness and lowered anxiety levels. Many people experience lower blood pressure stats and a decrease in pain. There are no known side effects for guided imagery, and it can be done at home, accompanied by an audio recording, or with a trained therapist. The more often you practice it, the more natural it feels.

If you haven’t heard of guided imagery, you’re not alone. This simple technique involves using your five senses to promote a peaceful feeling, less anxiety, and physical benefits. Valiant Living understands that living a life filled with stress can be overwhelming. Our skilled professionals treat various mental health issues like anxiety disorders, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and more. We are located in the vibrant Denver area and offer men-only treatment that includes any needed substance abuse treatment. If you need help refocusing your life, call us now to get started on healing yourself! (303) 952-5035.