Gurus talk about the benefits of visualisation for all kinds of stuff – anything from winning a race to manifesting a new house!
Our brain interprets images remembered from real life or created in our imagination in the same way. So, when we visualise something, our brain thinks it has happened in reality. This takes away the ‘anxiety gap’, the doubt and the uncertainty – conditioning the brain for success!
Afterall, if you’ve already ‘done’ it, why be anxious/fearful/uncertain?
Visualisation is powerful stuff!
But, what exactly does it mean and can everyone do it?
Most of us (especially if you’ve been on any kind of management or development training) will be familiar with the terms Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning styles.
This terminology is associated with how we prefer to learn, process and assimilate information. Each of us has a preference for seeing, hearing or experiencing information in order for it to make the most sense to us.
As you know, I love a good quiz! So, here is a quick one, for you to discover or rediscover your VAK style.
Now you know what your style is, how does that affect your ability to manifest, dream and create the life you want to lead? And how can it help you recover from anxiety?
There are lots of benefits to visualisation when it comes to transforming your relationship with anxiety.
Having a ‘ready-to-go’ visualisation can divert your thoughts when you’re feeling anxious, stop panic in its tracks, and creatively use the power of the mind to change your state.
Ask any hypnotherapist! Here’s a link to mine – she’s awesome!
My hypnotherapist recommended a visualisation technique which involves imagining my ‘anxiety’ as an animal and I envision it becoming calmer and less agitated.
In my visualisation, my anxiety is a crazy, darting, aggressive piranha!
As I talk soothingly to him and imagine him calming down, slowing down, and rolling over on to his side he becomes Nemo! Altogether less frightening.
I also have a ‘happy place’ visualisation I use to divert my thoughts; a future self visualisation; a perfect day visualisation; and a ‘draw a line under it’ visualisation for when I just need to let it go!
It’s also incredibly useful when you know you have to deal with a situation that might make you anxious – exams, trigger situations (if you have identified them), crowds, interviews, social gatherings etc.
Visualising and walking through every aspect of the experience unfolding in a very calm, happy, and successful way before you experience it prepares your brain to live it that way in reality. Taking away the unknown and reducing the stress.
“Well, that’s all well and good Kathryn – you’re clearly a visual person – but what do I do?”
You don’t necessarily need to be a ‘visual’ person in order to benefit from visualisation.
Although, some people would argue that everyone is visual…
If I asked you to picture your front door, you could definitely do it. How about a pink elephant?
Yep – see what I did there?!
In fact, we’re all a mixture of all three styles and can employ any one of them when we need to.
I guess it’s about that word – ‘preference’.
You can do it, but it might be less natural or easy for you – it feels hard so you don’t do it!
You just need to find a way to ‘visualise’ that works for you.
Auditory learners and creators love to listen. Sound moves their soul and sparks their brain into action!
If you are auditory, try these tips for ‘visualising’:
For you, it’s all about touch, experience, and feel. You love bringing things to life and into reality through participation.
If you are kinesthetic, try these visualisation tips:
Visual people find it easier to bring pictures to mind, remember them, and call on them whenever they need to support beliefs, meditations, affirmations, or when manifesting.
Try these tips to supercharge your ‘visualisations’:
I always test as high ‘Visual’, so I guess I must find all this easy…
Well, yes and no!
Visualisation is one of my preferred methods for connecting to my future vision and is playing a big part in my anxiety recovery, but I think I am pretty much all of the styles rolled into one! And why limit yourself?
The best way for me to fire up my visual brain is to read and to write. There is some debate whether this is more Auditory as it uses language rather than pictures, but I believe the key is using the words to create the pictures, which makes it visual.
I love reading and writing. Always have.
Reading and writing allow me to create my own pictures, places, and faces to go with the words and always sparks more joy in me than TV or films, for example, which are both very visual.
So, don’t get too hung up – you can be all of these things or one of these things – and I encourage you to try all the tips if you can. There might just be something in there that surprises you!
If you would like to understand more about how visualisation could get you started on the journey to transforming your relationship with anxiety – whether you’re visual or not! Drop me a line and let’s connect. Or jump into our Facebook Group and join the conversation there.
Hi there, my name’s Kathryn and I’m an Anxiety Release Coach at My Chakra Life.
My mission is to help open-minded professional women who want to transform their relationship with anxiety so they can fall back in love with their work and life.
Over the last ten years, I have honed and tweaked the tools and techniques which worked for me, into my three-stage Anxiety Release Process:
Why not join us in our Facebook Group – our community for creative, professional women learning to live anxiety-free, reconnect with their inner-selves, and shine in their career or business with conscious, calm, confidence.
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