I’m working an online course from my HMO on stress management.Â I think I’m at about week six so I’ve two more weeks to go.Â I’m not sure I feel any less stressed.Â But shortly, I might start to feel improvement.Â
The reason is something cool I’ve just learned.Â The program instructed me to work on a visualization.Â This is something I’m familiar with and enjoy.Â Sometimes I call these visualizations daydreaming.Â My teachers used to call them goofing off.Â
What I learned is that the mind doesn’t fully discriminate between visualizing a good time and actually having a good time.Â So I can allow myself to go dancing, accept an award for writing,Â or indulge in a great concert and my mindÂ will be lulled into thinking that I’m truly experiencing the delicious event. My body will relax luxuriously.Â Although I don’t think I’ll add any steps to my pedometer.
As if I needed one more reason to goof off.Â I mean daydream.Â My HMO says I’m Visualizing.Â Can I write that off on my taxes as a health preventative?
Here’s one of the pages of my online course:
This is a good relaxation method for when youâ€™re alone â€” at your desk, early in the morning or right before falling asleep at night.Â
To begin this technique, think back to a time when you were in a favorite place doing something you really enjoy. Put yourself in that place â€” try to be there as fully as you can. Close you eyes and think:
Where is that place?
What is it like?
What do you see? Hear? Smell?
How do you feel physically? Emotionally?
When you are ready, count backward from 10 to 1 and open your eyes.Â
Notice how your body feelsâ€¦ does it feel good?Â
Most people find that it does. Hereâ€™s why: Your mind doesnâ€™t necessarily know the difference between the actual experience and your memory of it â€” so your body responds in the same way.
Just for fun, tell me what you thought of.Â Just don’t tell me something that’ll get this post flagged.