There are lots of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax your body. But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.
Here another way to relax your ming > Guided Imagery. Guided imagery is a relaxation exercise intended to assist patients with visualizing a calming environment. Visualization of tranquil settings assists patients with managing stress via distraction from intrusive thoughts. Cognitive behavioral theory suggests that emotions are derived from thoughts, therefore, if intrusive thoughts can be managed, the emotional consequence is more manageable. Imagery employs all five senses to create a deeper sense of relaxation. Guided imagery can be practiced individually or with the support of a narrator.
Step One: Sit or lie down comfortably. Ideally, the space will have minimal distractions.
Step Two: Visualize a relaxing environment by either recalling one from memory or created one through imagination (e.g., a day at the beach). Elicit elements of the environment using each of the five senses using the following prompts:
- What do you see? (e.g., deep, blue color of the water)
- What do you hear? (e.g., waves crashing along the shore)
- What do you smell? (e.g., fruity aromas from sunscreen)
- What do you taste? (e.g., salty sea air)
- What do you feel? (e.g., warmth of the sun)
Step Three: Sustain the visualization as long as needed or able, focusing on taking slow, deep breaths throughout the exercise. Focus on the feelings of calm associated with being in a relaxing environment.
Reference : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513238/