Visualize and Relax

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If used properly, the human mind can be a potent tool. The mind is of primary focus for visualization techniques, which help in relaxing the mind – which is powerful enough to affect both the physical and the psychological aspects of the body. Critics of such visualization techniques are many, but the key is to know how to successfully use the technique to benefit from it. This technique might seem difficult to master, but if mastered provides fantastic results.

In this article we’ll look at color therapy and guided imagery, two key elements of visualization techniques for relaxation.

Color Therapy

Research has proven that color therapy affects the immune system and the nerves in a positive way, keeping the mind healthy. In this technique varying colors are used to affect the mind in different positive ways, helping relieve stress. If the blue color associated with the serenity of the sea and the sky is used to help the mind relax, then the more vibrant orange or yellow, signifying the sun is used for generating greater energy levels.

Deep breathing exercises are often used alongside the color therapy, to make the process doubly effective. Here’s how to go about it: First, make your body comfortable and relaxed, then with eyes closed take in deep breaths and imagine the color blue filling up your body. Visualize the color spreading from your feet upwards, covering your body and then making your surroundings turn blue, till it would seem that you are floating on the calm, blue sea. After 5-10 minutes start exhaling gently and visualize the blue streaming out of your system. With each exhalation you shall feel more and more calm and relaxed.

Guided Imagery

This is yet another great way to relieve stress, and the process is quite similar to color therapy, though not identical. While color imagery uses colors and their properties and human emotions as the basis for affecting the mind positively, guided imagery uses the power of visualization of a peaceful environment to revitalize or calm your mind.

Some people consider guided imagery to be a part of a meditation technique, but it can be a brilliant method of relaxation too. It functions by drawing from your own experiences, which are then recreated in your mind and transporting you back to that emotional state you were in. The experiences can be anything from family vacations to something much simpler but meaningful. With practice you will be able to visualize those happy moments regularly when you need to calm yourself down or recharge yourself.

Start by being in a comfortable position. You can listen to soothing music like the chirping of birds or a babbling brook to help you relax and stimulate your visualization. Close your eyes and start imagining the scene, any scene that you feel most comfortable and happy in. Visualize each bit in details – the feel of the grass or the color of the sand while emptying every other thought.

With constant practice you’ll be able to master these techniques easily.

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