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Seeing Through The Mind: Why Does Visualization Help?

Seeing Through The Mind: Why Does Visualization Help?


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In a very competitive setting, the goals and longing desires planted in your mind may come into a pause, and you might often find yourself pondering more and a lot of episodes of self-questioning.

Visualization may be of help. It redirects you to get excited about life once again, keeping you sane, craving for opportunities, and most importantly making you feel alive!

Visualization or what others may refer to as mental imagery is often used to mentally rehearse an action or bring a patient into a relaxation state, citing Psychology Today. In short, it primes your mind to get through challenging situations or achieving your goals by forming visual images in your head.

Visualization helps with worry, stress, and sadness, as well as pain relief, blood pressure reduction, nausea reduction, and a greater sense of control and well-being.

Dr. Cathryne Maciolek, a psychotherapist, defines this exercise, “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” She further explained that visualization is a means of control in an uncontrollable situation.

For patients battling anxiety, Dr. Maciolek applies visualization in creating “mental vacations” for patients which involves imagining a place that is calm and comforting. In doing visualization you get to utilize your energy in a healthier way that no longer drains you, rather satisfies you.

Realistically, visualization is like when you look back to your major accomplishment in life, and you get to hear, picture the situation, and eventually feel the good emotions you felt in that specific moment. Recreating these images in your mind, settles you into a safer space, rewires your brain, and pushes you further to achieve more.

Creating these exercises and mechanisms in this trying time is beneficial — making you grounded, enabling you to release the tensions, and make space for yourself.

Be certain to include your sentiments and emotions about what you’re picturing in your visualization.

At the very least, do this once a day, but preferably more.

After you’ve completed the picture, it’s critical that you keep a positive attitude toward whatever you’ve been seeing. If you spend the rest of the day believing that what you’re envisioning is impossible, it won’t help you visualize.

Not yet convinced?

A lot of experts in the medical, sports, and academe have been applying this technique to ease up the process of attaining their goal and to yield great results.

In a more familiar circumstance, in the business industry, the academe, they recommend creative visualization as a valuable tool for helping students and colleagues visualize their success by helping them to be more creative and receptive at the same time.

Mandy Lehto, Ph.D., owner of Bravura Coaching and Image, uses visualization to allow clients to subconsciously “work freely, without inhibitions, about how he or she might look or behave in a certain situation.

Lehto further recommends that in applying this technique, it is essential to recognize a specific goal to be able to learn how to hover oneself in different directions when achieving it.

How can you visualize effectively?

If you want to begin incorporating visualization into your daily routine, these are the steps to take. You don’t have to visualize for hours; it can only be done in minutes as long as you do it properly.

First, look for a peaceful spot to sit. Make sure you’re in a quiet area where you won’t be interrupted.

To help yourself relax, close your eyes and take several deep breaths.

Begin to consider the result, item, or scenario you desire in your life. Consider it as thoroughly as possible, including every detail that comes to mind.

In practicing this technique, there’s no need for complicated processes nor doing a complete 180-degree change in your routine.

You just need to know what you want to achieve, envision it extensively in detail, take action, be powered with your perseverance, and let your mind work.

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