Guided Imagery is a technique which utilizes visualization, i.e. creating mental images and sensations, to enhance an individual’s natural ability to perform, change, or cope in various life situations. Studies have shown the possible health benefits of guided imagery, and it is increasingly being used by health care professionals. Some of the physical health benefits include reduction of worry and anxiety, decrease in blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system, and improved quality of sleep. Other benefits may include increased self-esteem and optimism.
Guided imagery gives you time to help clear your mind from daily worries and focus on a relaxing place or theme. One thing to keep in mind is that it is okay to alter an image that may not be suitable to you. As you listen to these guided imagery scripts, if another image comes to mind, go with it. That is okay.
You will need a comfortable location to sit down that is free of distractions. If you would like, adjust the lighting of the space you are in to make it calm and relaxing.
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