Benefits Of Guided Imagery

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We all get stressed sometimes. The feeling can be triggered by many situations in your daily life. You may also experience ongoing stress when dealing with longer-term challenging situations throughout life.

If you’re constantly stressed, it can take a toll on your overall health. It can also make it difficult to feel relaxed or calm.

Guided imagery is a method for managing your stress. It is known as a relaxation technique that involves visualizing positive, peaceful settings like a beautiful beach or a peaceful meadow. This technique is also known as visualization.

Know What Is Guided imagery ?

Guided imagery is a type of focused relaxation or meditation. Focused relaxation involves concentrating on a specific object, sound, or experience in order to calm your mind.

In guided imagery, you intentionally think of a peaceful place or scenario. The goal is to promote a calm state through relaxation and mindfulness. The idea is that your body reacts to your own thoughts.

For example, when you think about a stressful situation, your body and mind become tense. Your heart rate and blood pressure might increase, and you may feel jittery and unfocused.

Know The Benefits ?

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According to research, guided imagery may be able to positively affect your health and well-being in several different ways.

Let’s look more closely at what’s known about the possible benefits.

Reduces Anxiety And Stress

There’s plenty of scientific evidence that shows that guided imagery may help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. In a study published in 2014, women with fibromyalgia were divided into two groups. One group practiced guided imagery on a daily basis for a 10-week period, while the other group practiced their usual care routine.

At the end of the study, the women who did guided imagery reported a significant decrease in their feelings of stress, fatigue, pain, and depression.

Improves Sleep

Anxiety and stress can make it difficult to sleep well. But according to several studies, guided imagery may help improve your sleep. In the survey conducted in 2017  mentioned above, the participants who practiced guided imagery also reported that their sleep had improved.

Decreases Pain

Research shows that stress has the ability to worsen your perception of pain.

Reduces Depression Symptoms Too

According to a 2018 survey, depression is often associated with negative mental images. However, the positive images that are created through guided imagery may be able to change this.

A study of 2017 says one week of daily guided imagery was associated with reduced depressive symptoms in people with cancer. The participants also reported reduced pain and less anxiety.

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