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Feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed out? Here's a powerful guided visualization for you to try.
Visualization is a powerful tool, so if you've never used the technique, water is an easy, simple introduction.
If this is your first time trying visualization as a tool to relax, get ready to get your creative juices flowing, use a little imagination, and become more self-aware.
Let's do this.
WATER GUIDED VISUALIZATION FOR OVERWHELM
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Clear your mind.
Go to a nearby sink. Begin by imagining or sensing any stressful situations flowing down the drain as you wash your hands.
Slowly, release the tension or stress through your hands and let if float somewhere far away. Take the time you need.
Listen to yourself. Pay attention to your senses. What are you feeling? What are you hearing? How is your body reacting to the experience? How does your heart and your mind feel?
Afterwards, I invite you to take note of how you feel and ask yourself a few questions...
- How do you feel now compared to before the visualization? Do you feel calmer and more relaxed?
- Do you feel like you are in control?
The last question is the most important because...you are!
You are in control of how you feel.
When we are overwhelmed by stress or emotion, it's easy to feel like we're out of control. Through conscious behavior and practicing mindfulness, you can put your hands back on the rudder and steer yourself in the direction you want to go.
But don't stress out about it! Here are a few more tools I like to use to take control of my mood, , and promote a healthy response to stress, anxious feelings, and negative emotions:
There's a lot of power in words - especially the words we tell ourselves. Saying affirmations daily is a powerful way to boost your mood and create onward/upward momentum! Read more about how I use affirmations here.
Exercise has so many benefits. If you're feeling down and out or overwhelmed, even a quick workout or cardio session can do wonders!
Benefits of exercise include increased endorphins levels, reduced tension, increased focus, and improved mood.
And now, for one of my favorites - essential oils!
Our olfactory system (which includes sense of smell) is directly linked to the limbic system in our brains.
The limbic system is the emotional seat of the brain and controls basic emotions (such as fear, pleasure, and anger) and drives (like hunger, sex, dominance, and familial love), and plays a big part in perception and forming memories.
Essential oils are an awesome tool to support positive psychology and develop a healthy response to things like stress, anxious feelings, and negative emotions!
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MEET HAPPY HEALTHY JOE
Joseph Struhs (LA-based Integrative Health Coach) is an essential oil educator and wellness passionisto by day, marketing consultant for health pros by night! When he's not working, you can catch him fitting in a workout at the gym or getting crazy in the kitchen.
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None of the statements made should be construed as dispensing medical advice or making claims regarding the cure of diseases. One should consult a licensed medical professional for medical advice.