Visualization exercises are really one of the most helpful exercises you can do prior to participating in a stressful event.
Many times we are unsure and the anticipation of these future events brings uncertainty and sometimes even anxiety. Visualization exercises help to prepare us emotionally for the stressful challenges that lie ahead.
- What is the worst thing that can happen?
- What is the likelihood of that happening?
- How will I react if it should actually happen?
For many of us, the answer to these questions would be downright anxiety producing because our answers would be automatically negative and the negative visualization we have are automatically tragic and emotionally devastating.
Visualizations should always be positive and at best, optimistic at the same time. In other words, it's okay to prepare for the worst but also to expect the best.
Visualization exercises should be something you do that keeps things emotionally balanced.
For those that don't really understand visualization or the benefit of visualization, here are some facts that you need to know:
Visualization produces physical results.
This means that when we see something in our minds, it has either a negative or positive effect on the body depending on whether the visualization was negative or positive.
The mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. It's only job is to believe what we tell it.
So if you are having visualizations that are negative and stressful, your body will feel the effects of those visualizations. For example: perhaps you will feel butterflies in your stomach as you think about an upcoming job interview. Perhaps you are worried and have obsessions about not being able to swallow, this may effect how your throat feels. It really doesn't matter what our visualizations are, our bodies will always respond in a way that is relative.
Our bodies and minds are completely connected. What goes on in the mind effects the body and visa versa. You can use your mind to produce a positive response. You can practice visualization exercises by closing your eyes and focusing on your situation. Then imagine yourself walking through the problem. See yourself being strong and making good decisions. See yourself calm and peaceful in that particular situation. Imagine the entire event until you get to an optimistic ending.
Even if your visualization takes a negative turn, imagine yourself responding in a way that's healthy and optimistic.
These positive visualization exercises may not remove all your anticipatory anxiety but it will help reduce the amount of stress you feel, especially if you are going into a situation with a good attitude and a successful vision.
What do you think will bring the best results? Will it be someone who imagines failure or someone who imagines success?
The truth is that each one will determine what kind of experience you will have in your reality.
It is important to recognize that visualization exercises may not be easy to do at first. It does take practice and patience when learning this exercise. The more you do it, the better you will become. So hang in there and do not give up.