Guided imagery is a powerful tool to help you reconnect with optimism, positive thoughts, and all the ways in which your body is working well. According to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, "guided imagery is a form of focused relaxation that helps create harmony between the mind and body. It's a way of focusing your imagination to create calm, peaceful images in your mind, thereby providing a 'mental escape.'"
Research has shown that guided imagery can reduce depression, pain, stress, and anxiety as well as deepen your sleep, increase relaxation, and enhance healing and quality of life.
You can harness the power of guided imagery anytime, anywhere, even in the midst of acute stress. In fact, you have probably engaged in guided imagery all of your life—for example, salivating as you imagine your favorite food or getting excited thinking about someone you're sexually attracted to. These are instances of your psychology influencing your physiology.
To get started, try any of these guided imagery scenarios that you can customize to appeal to you. The key is to find images and scenarios that you enjoy and that are relaxing for you. There is no dogma or "right" or "wrong" way to engage in guided imagery. It's simply a strategy to help you tune into the part of your mind that holds inner calm and joy, where you are energetic, vibrant, and well.