Stress and Release From Stress — a journey with my HMO

I’m working an online course from my HMO on stress management.  I think I’m at about week six so I’ve two more weeks to go.  I’m not sure I feel any less stressed.  But shortly, I might start to feel improvement. 

The reason is something cool I’ve just learned.  The program instructed me to work on a visualization.  This is something I’m familiar with and enjoy.  Sometimes I call these visualizations daydreaming.  My teachers used to call them goofing off. 

What I learned is that the mind doesn’t fully discriminate between visualizing a good time and actually having a good time.  So I can allow myself to go dancing, accept an award for writing, or indulge in a great concert and my mind will be lulled into thinking that I’m truly experiencing the delicious event. My body will relax luxuriously.  Although I don’t think I’ll add any steps to my pedometer.

As if I needed one more reason to goof off.  I mean daydream.  My HMO says I’m Visualizing.  Can I write that off on my taxes as a health preventative?

Here’s one of the pages of my online course:

Visualization

This is a good relaxation method for when you’re alone — at your desk, early in the morning or right before falling asleep at night. 

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 — 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. 

Notice how your body feels… does it feel good? 

Most people find that it does. Here’s why: Your mind doesn’t necessarily know the difference between the actual experience and your memory of it — so your body responds in the same way.

Just for fun, tell me what you thought of.  Just don’t tell me something that’ll get this post flagged.

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