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How to Manage Stress with Imagination

By Allen Elkin

Part of Stress Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stressed? Imagine that. You’ll probably feel better if you can release that stress-producing thought and replace it with a relaxing, calm image. Here’s how to put your mind at ease:

  1. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes and get comfortable, either sitting in a favorite chair or lying down.

  2. Think of an image — a place, a scene, a memory — that relaxes you.

    Use all your senses to bring that imagined scene to life. Ask yourself: What can I see? What can I hear? What can I smell? What can I feel? What can I taste?

  3. Let yourself become completely immersed in your image, allowing it to relax you completely.

    Use your breathing as a tool to help you deepen your relaxation. Simply breathe more slowly and more deeply.