The benefits of visualizations and guided imagery techniques involve creating positive mental images of yourself in a specific state.
Visualizations or mental rehearsal and guided imagery practices aim at:
- reducing stress
- creating positive changes
- promoting relaxation
- decreasing anxiety and depression feelings and symptoms.
Mental rehearsal helps create successful goal-related self-images by practicing a mental walk-through of how you could reach your goal. Examples include imagining yourself being a more patient and loving parent, speaking confidently in front of an audience, making wiser choices to be healthier and more fit.
For a first-timer who finds it challenging to practice visualization, you could try our Triumph Steps’ guided imagery video on YouTube at Visualization for Mental Fitness.