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What is guided imagery for stress?

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This technique has the same relaxation benefits of deep breathing. Here's how it works:

  • Sit somewhere quiet and picture yourself in a calm and peaceful place, such as a beach. Imagine walking through this place and taking in its sights, sounds, and smells.
  • While your imagination is working, breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Keep this up until you are fully relaxed.
  • Ease back slowly into the real world.

From: 7 Ways to Beat Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it" and "How does stress affect your overall health?"

American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

News release, American Chemical Society, November 11, 2009: "New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress."

University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it" and "How does stress affect your overall health?"

American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

News release, American Chemical Society, November 11, 2009: "New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress."

University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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