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How is guided imagery done?

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How to do it:

  • Sit or lie down in a quiet room and close your eyes.
  • Breathe in and out deeply.
  • Picture an image that's calming and pleasant, like a lake with mountains in the distance. Use all your senses. Feel the gentle breeze on your face. Smell the flower-scented air. Hear the wind ripple the water. Imagine your stress is a small boat moving away from the shore, and away from you.

From: Benefits of a Holistic Approach WebMD Medical Reference

American Society for Clinical Oncology: “About Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” "Cancer and Your Body."

American Cancer Society: "Coping with Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Mind-body modality."

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk," "Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress," "Tai chi: Meditation in motion?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Mind-Body Therapies."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Meditation: In Depth."

Mindful: “How to Do It.”

Integrative Cancer Therapies: "Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients."

CancerCare: "Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer."

Cancer Research : "Impact of Deep Breathing and Relaxation Exercises on Health Related Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy."

BreastCancer.org: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

Medscape: “Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A Cure for Cancer-Related Fatigue?”

Cam-Cancer: "Progressive muscle relaxation."

Oncology Nursing Society: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)."

Cancer Research UK: "Visualisation," "Yoga."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Guided Imagery."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Tai chi: Healing from the inside out."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

American Society for Clinical Oncology: “About Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” "Cancer and Your Body."

American Cancer Society: "Coping with Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Mind-body modality."

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk," "Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress," "Tai chi: Meditation in motion?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Mind-Body Therapies."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Meditation: In Depth."

Mindful: “How to Do It.”

Integrative Cancer Therapies: "Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients."

CancerCare: "Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer."

Cancer Research : "Impact of Deep Breathing and Relaxation Exercises on Health Related Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy."

BreastCancer.org: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

Medscape: “Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A Cure for Cancer-Related Fatigue?”

Cam-Cancer: "Progressive muscle relaxation."

Oncology Nursing Society: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)."

Cancer Research UK: "Visualisation," "Yoga."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Guided Imagery."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Tai chi: Healing from the inside out."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

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