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Guided imagery relaxation techniques harness the power of the mind to take you to an imaginary world of infinite possibilities that’s accessible whenever you need it.
You can travel to a sandy beach, a quiet forest, or go to some other place that is special and sacred to you. Guided imagery can also be used to mentally rehearse a task that you’re nervous about or visualize bodily processes for healing and pain relief.
Practicing guided imagery has been shown to:
Stimulate the body’s natural healing processes
Enhance people’s overall sense of well-being in life
If you’d like to give guided imagery a try yourself, sign up for a free Lifespark Exclusive membership. A membership gives you access to two guided imagery audio scripts plus all of our exclusive videos, exercises, and activities focusing on other ways to improve yourself.
So where is your happy place? Tell us about the spaces that feel most safe and comforting to you in the comments below.
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