Our imaginations are powerful.
Lately, I’ve been putting more energy and time into guided imagery, or “focused relaxation that helps create harmony between the mind and body”, according to the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
This practice psychologically bolsters our coping skills, allows space to interpret our feelings and experiences, and even affects our physical functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
In my experience, guided imagery helps me reduce stress, pain and anxiety.
I recently wrote an essay titled How Imaginary Light Soothes My Chronic Pain for Folks, a Pillpack Magazine. I share a first-person account of working through a guided imagery session and how it altered the physical discomfort I experience in my joints due to rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.
You can read my essay HERE.
Do you engage in guided imagery? I’d love to know why you make time for this practice and what benefits you’ve noticed. Let’s chat in the comments below.
Until next time,
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