Grounding Technique: Guided Imagery
“Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean the future can’t be better than you ever imagined.” – Ziad K. Adelnour
In the above video you’re walked through one of many types of guided imagery journeys. You can also walk yourself through an imaginary place or scenario. The only thing to keep in mind is that this is meant to be calming and grounding. Avoid places or scenarios that can raise your anxiety level.
Guided imagery can be a powerful technique. It allows your body and mind to connect and is especially important if you have a tendency to disconnect from yourself in high-anxiety situations. When your brain imagines something vividly enough, your body will treat it as though it’s real. Your body will literally respond to the detailed imagery you are thinking about, which immediately helps you relax and lowers your stress level.
Natural consequences of guided imagery could be regulating your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and altering your breathing. Lastly, it involves all of your senses, as well as your whole body, and emotions. In this way, it can help you tap into inner strength, find hope, and enhance your ability to cope with stressful situations.
Practice guided imagery and see if this grounding technique works for you!
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