While watching some pregame get-you-in-the-mood programming on TV, I saw a segment where a number of athletes talked about how they would visualize the game before it started, imagining how well they would perform. Though I first studied the practice decades ago, I don't think I've ever heard it discussed so casually. Visualization has now become the norm for those wishing to excel in almost any area of life. It can help you make your life better and longer as well.
The practice of clinical guided imagery, or visualization, has been used in various ways. For many years now, we have been focusing on its use in helping people heal their physical bodies and their emotional states.
Numerous research studies have shown how beneficial this practice can be. Visualization is not meant to take the place of traditional medical interventions, but it can enhance them. It is also a great tool for relaxation, which can be very challenging for anyone who is going through physical or emotional distress.
To begin the process, you don't have to be in a meditative state. You can take these few simple steps. Sit in a comfortable position in a quiet place. Let out your breath until your lungs feel empty. Begin inhaling through your nose, first filling your stomach, then the bottom section of your lungs, followed by the middle, and, finally, the top of your lungs. Hold that for a count of five. Slowly exhale through your mouth. Feel your body relaxing, releasing all tension as you exhale. Let all worries fall away from your mind and let go of any distress in your body. Do three cycles of this deep breathing.