Close your eyes for a vacation. Easy, cheap, and in everyone’s budget. From a short blog entry on using guided imagery for stress relief:
Guided imagery induces an altered state that enables messages to travel more easily from our minds to our bodies.
When used as a relaxation technique, guided imagery involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose whatever setting is most calming to you.
My visualization of choice: my massage therapist’s table, just after she’s finished working my back and turned me over. Right before the neck massage and into the scalp and face massage. MMMmmm. Of course, these even work when you are on the table.
When you’re having a tough time letting go of worry and the to-do list buzzing around in your head while you get a massage, imagine your most relaxing place. Maybe it’s laying on the massage table with soft music, warm sheets and a therapist working on your scalp. It could be sunning on the beach, fishing on a quiet lake or just soaking in a hot tub. Whatever your “happy place” if you take your mind to it your body will melt like butter to follow it.