Today, we are going to focus on just us. Why? Because we deserve it. One of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling extremely stressed out, is guided imagery. To me it’s the ultimate way to relax, and you feel like a million bucks afterwards. I used to do this when I was having trouble sleeping, and it worked like a charm. I hope this works for you too.
I’ve picked a random landscape picture off of the Internet, because it reminds me of a place that I’d like to visit someday. When you use guided imagery, choose a place that makes you feel completely at ease, so it’ll be easier to focus on. Once you choose your picture, use this as your destination; your safe spot. Get comfortable and start taking deep, cleansing breaths.
Ready? Let’s go.
I want you to close your eyes (when you’re finished reading of course), and count backwards from 10 to 1. By the time you reached 1, you should feel relaxed. I want you to imagine that you are in a place of complete and total serenity. Breathe deep. Listen to the sounds around you. Breathe deep. Feel the sun on your face or the water on your skin.
Keep breathing, and choose a focal point. It could be a tree, the ocean, a person, or whatever you choose. Move slowly toward your focal point and embrace it with all of its natural beauties. Try to use all of your five senses to really take your surroundings. Breathe deep. Really feel what your focal point is trying to tell you, and think about how it makes you feel.
Make adjustments if necessary.
Now that you are ready, make yourself even more comfortable. If you are in a field of flowers, run through the field. Feel the soil on your feet and breathe in the heavenly scent in the air. Feel the sun on your face… and don’t forget to breathe. If you are on the beach, feel the sand between your toes, let the cool breeze blow through your hair, and let the sun envelop you completely.
Listen to your surroundings. Are they telling you something? Just let yourself go and let your imagination be your guide. It’s okay, you’re still safe. Keep breathing.
When you are ready, I want you stand up wherever you are, slowly raise your arms over your head, and take one last look at your sanctuary. Take in all of the sites, sounds, and smells that you can, and remind yourself that you can go back anytime you want. Now, I want you to count from 1 to 10, still breathing deep, and feeling a little more awake as you climb up the number latter. When you’ve reached 10, open your eyes.
How do you feel? Relaxed? I hope so. Namaste everyone. And… you’re welcome.