Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
Have you ever been in the middle of a stressful situation and wished you could be somewhere else—like lying on a tropical beach? Guided imagery helps you use your imagination to take you to a calm, peaceful place.
- Because of the way the mind and body are connected, guided imagery can make you feel like you are experiencing something just by imagining it.
- You can do guided imagery with audio recordings, an instructor, or a script (a set of written instructions) to lead you through the process.
- You use all of your senses in guided imagery. For example, if you want a tropical setting, you can imagine the warm breeze on your skin, the bright blue of the water, the sound of the surf, the sweet scent of tropical flowers, and the taste of coconut so that you actually feel like you are there.
- Imagining yourself in a calm, peaceful setting can help you relax and relieve stress.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry