Daydream Your Way to Deep Relaxation: An Easy Way to Manage
We are not always able to escape our environment when we feel
stressed. For some, taking a simple walk to clear the head is
something that must be put off. What we all can do, though, is
take a few moments to sit in our chair and daydream to melt away
Obviously, not any sort of daydream will do. You have to
daydream with a specific sort of imagery to relax.
Used with deep breathing, imagery can be a powerful anti-stress
tool. Daydreaming makes good use of our imagination. From the
imagination we can draw on any number of experiences. We can
recall a time and a place where we were at peace, where our
surroundings were blissful and beautiful to the eye. We can
recreate from memory to bring ourselves out of a stressful
situation and into an intensely relaxing situation.
When you picture a pleasant and relaxing scene in your mind,
this reduces stress. Your body quickly responds by relaxing. On
the other hand, if you create an image in your mind of an
unpleasant and stressful situation, your stress levels will
The following technique will teach you how to create the proper
imagery for daydreaming for stress relief. Many people enjoy
listening to a quiet CD of a favorite nature retreat or similar
when doing this imagery
Begin by relaxing in a comfortable chair and deep breathing.
Take deep, cleansing breaths and then release them slowly. Start
by imagining a scene, place or event that you recall as being
safe, peaceful, restful, beautiful and happy. Bring all your
senses into this imagery with recalling sounds of cool, running
water, the song of birds, the smell of fresh cut grass, the heat
of the sun, etc. Imagine that you are at a place free from
stress and pressure.
Concentrate on developing your five senses. Savor the pictures
of serenity. Smell the freshness of nature. Feel the warmth and
comfort of the sun and the air. Behold of the beauty of the
animals, of nature. Each image will be different to each person.
Really focus on what you can see, taste, touch, smell and feel.
Now imagine that all of your stress, all of your worries and all
of your concerns are being zapped from your body. Feel each
stress point release as if into thin air. As you feel the stress
drain from your body return back to your picture of imagery.
Relax there and deep breathe. Imagery substitutes your actual
experience with something much more ideal. It allows you a
renewed sense of self-confidence to take on the stress of your
life. During imagery, your body is relaxed and recharged. Your
stress levels lessen and adrenaline disperses. It gives your
mind and body a break over the stress having control and you
have complete mastery over the mind and body for that time.
Daydreaming with positive imagery is a great life balancer!