You’re on the beach, sun beating down, totally chilled, tunes in your ears and a Victoria’s Secret model walks towards you carrying your dinner, a perfectly grilled Porterhouse Steak, and a beer dripping in cold dew. Not a bad visual, right? The thing is these kinds of visualizations actually work at A Guy’s Guide to Mental Health and the only limit is your imagination
Visualization will help you build stronger mental focus, and noticeably decrease your stress levels. So try one of these things for visualization to help you relax, and have a quick mental vacation while you’re at it:
- Smell the roses – Pick out a few pleasant things you can hear, smell or see: your morning coffee, some music from a nearby street performer, a friendly smile from a bus driver (yeah right). Take a moment to appreciate what’s going on around you.
- Intentionally zone out – When you have 5 minutes, focus your eyes on one thing. Every time you feel your mind wandering, bring it back to the focal point. This slows your brain down for what comes next.
- Find your happy place – Now the good stuff: Visualize your favourite place, image or moment, and keep it positive. Whether you see yourself at the top of the Rocky Mountains or in the front row of a Tragically Hip concert, visualization will calm you down..
You can visualize literally anywhere, so there’s no excuse! Just not for too long or too often, and never while operating machinery, or heavy equipment.