We are what we think we are and, with practice, our thoughts can be harnessed and used as a powerful tool for change.
The ability to refocus the mind when needed is a useful skill to draw upon to prevent and ameliorate stressful symptoms. Visualisation is very effective in treating some of the physical symptoms of stress, as well as creating positive representations of the future for achieving lifestyle goals.
Visualisations begin with a deceptively simple exercise that demonstrates the link between visualised images and achieved objectives.
Participants will experience and practice different types of visualisations for change including programmed and guided visualisations, and will leave the session or workshop knowing how and when to apply them effectively. This practice is based around the integration of the 5 senses and therefore impacts the belief system positively.
For some, the use of visualisation techniques can bring immediate relief from the symptoms of stress, while others may need a few weeks of practice to experience the full benefits.
One way to master stress and which is integral to visualisation work is to be aware of your breathing. When people feel panicked or unconsciously stressed, they tend to take short, shallow gasps of air. The resulting lack of oxygen restricts blood flow and causes muscles to tense.
The way you breathe affects your whole body. Full, deep breathing is an effective way to reduce tension, feel relaxed and reduce stress.
Breathwork comprises a variety of stand-alone breathing techniques, as well as breathing techniques that are integral to other mind body practices, like qigong, tai chi and yoga.
Many breathwork techniques are particularly useful because you can do them anywhere and anytime.
Focusing attention on the breath also serves the meditative function of allowing the mind to more easily release distressing thoughts and emotions.