Learn to use imagery to cope with difficult situations.
Imagine that you are soon going to give a presentation to your organization's executive team, and you just can't seem to focus.
You're nervous and stressed, and when you try to rehearse your opening lines, your mind goes completely blank. The more you try to practice your material, the more stressed you feel!
So, you take a break, you close your eyes, and you remember the last vacation that you took to the ocean. You can hear the rhythmic sounds of the waves, smell the salty air, and feel the sun's warmth on your skin. You slowly begin to relax as you imagine this peaceful scene, and your heart rate and breathing slow down. When you open your eyes a few minutes later, you feel relaxed and in control, and you have no trouble remembering your opening lines.
Have you ever used your imagination to escape, or cope with a stressful situation? If so, you were using "guided imagery" to relax. In this article, we'll look at how to use imagery to manage stress, and we'll discuss how you can use this technique to cope with difficult situations.
Guided imagery is a stress management technique, where you
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