“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”- David Joseph Schwartz

Visualization can be used as a stress relief tool. This powerful tool has been used for eons. Have you ever sat at your desk and imagined yourself on a tropical beach and really began to relax? That’s the power of visualization.  Guided imagery is another form of relaxation very similar to visualization. The difference is you might be listening to a tape or CD with someone guiding you through the relaxation technique. The recording might take you to some relaxing place that allows you to get away for just a moment. I like to think of it as a mini-vacation.

Athletes have used this secret for years. Golfers, basketball players and other sports figure see themselves mastering their sport. But preparation and hours of practice fuel them to achieve their goals. Visualization is a type of mental practice that can keep you focused during the goal process.

It’s important, however to refine this tool to your advantage. On the flip side, when you are stressed, images of the past and future can flood your mind. The stories your mind begins to make up can conjure up negative visions. And in my experience, thinking about stressful things that haven’t happened puts a knot in my stomach.

Here is an exercise that can use visualization as an aide for completing your goal:

• Find a comfortable place to sit. Begin with a few slow deep breathes to relax your body. Focus on your breath flowing in and out of your nostrils.

• Pick one goal that you would like to achieve. Maybe your goal is health related or has to do with personal relationships or spiritual connections.

• See yourself working through the goal to completion. Note the details as you finish the task. Decide that you can really achieve this goal.

• Write down your experience in your journal. What were the details? How did it make you feel achieving your goal? Did you see yourself doing the task or job? Spend a little time jotting down the answers. This will help bring clarity to your goal.

Visualization can be used as a powerful to for stress relief and goal achievement. Try visualization and see how it can work for you.

For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

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