How to Manage Stress with Imagination - dummies

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.