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Visualisation – Can I Benefit if I’m not Visual?

Written by: My Chakra Life - Aug 25th, 2020

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?

Visualisation dream

Why should you give a ‘VAK’?!

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?

Little girl reading

 

Visualisation and 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.

Happy place visualisation

 

I’m not ‘visual’, what do I do?

“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.

Visualise your front door

 

I’m ‘off the scale’ auditory – can I visualise?

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’:

  • Use guided and recorded meditations to help create pictures in your mind.
  • Create your vision and record yourself describing it – actively listen to it daily.
  • Record yourself speaking your affirmations and listen to them.
  • If you start to feel anxious, say ‘STOP’ and purposefully speak your affirmations out loud. If you’re not in a position to speak out loud, say ‘stop’ in your head and run through your affirmations.
  • When you’re anxious, focus on things you can hear – people talking, birds singing, dogs barking. Name them and listen for the next thing.
  • Talk to a coach, therapist, friend or your dog (!) about all the great things currently in your life and about your vision for the future.
  • REMEMBER: When speaking visions/affirmations/gratitude always use the present tense. Use ‘I am/have/do’ not ‘I will/want/when’.
  • Listen to positive music.
  • Make some music or sing!
Music as visualisation

 

What about us Kinesthetics and Visualisation?

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:

  • Anchor your vision to objects and real-life experiences. As a very basic example, if you want to manifest money, keep money around – make sure there is always some money in your purse, in a drawer, on your desk. Pick it up, touch it, play with it and feel how it will feel to be abundant when you want to connect to your vision.
  • EFT or tapping is great for everyone (I love it!), but as it is based in touch, it is particularly great for you to reinforce affirmations, beliefs, visions etc. And to relieve anxiety.
  • Go and experience the things you want (in a way you can achieve now) – test drive a car, sit on the perfect sofa in a showroom, go and view your dream house!
  • Mala beads, worry beads, Rosary beads, palm or thumb stones… whatever your preference, using something physical to support meditation, prayer or affirmation can be really powerful.
  • If you’re feeling anxious, try and focus on something real that you can touch and feel. Hold a hot/cold drink in your hands; run a brush through your hair; feel the ground under your bare feet. This is grounding and reconnects you to the physical.
  • Do some crafting!
Woman in Lavender field

 

And now for the easy visualisation!

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’:

  • Make a vision board – really connect to the images. As long as they are meaningful to you, that’s all that matters.
  • Write a story longhand in a beautiful journal – all about your perfect day… or vision for the future.
  • Say your affirmations and goals in a mirror – look at yourself and see yourself smiling as you do it!
  • Create ready-made ‘visions’ you can call on when you start to feel anxious. You can write them down and read them or if you can, just bring them to mind when you need to.
  • Doodle! Draw positive pictures – smiley faces, hearts, angels, unicorns, puppy dogs, stars – whatever makes you happy!
  • Go to a gallery or museum and get lost in beautiful things.
  • Print out your goals and affirmations and put them places you will see them all the time.
  • Read inspirational stories about people who have done what you would like to do.
  • Create some art!
Visualisation - eyes

 

So, can I only visualise this way?

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!

Woman reading a book

 

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.

 


What next?

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:

  • CONSCIOUS: gain clarity around anxious feelings, your life, and the actions that brought you here; and how you would like to feel instead.
  • CALM: understand how to access your calm inner state at will throughout your day, no matter what you face.
  • CONFIDENT: know that you are capable of living a life full of joyful awareness and feel totally assured in your ability to create it.

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.

Or you can download my guide: ‘Journal your way to CONSCIOUS, CALM, CONFIDENT‘ to give you a little ‘Consciousness Jumpstart’!

Keep up to date with our blogs and if there is anything you would like to know or anything I can help you with in relation to learning to live anxiety-free*, please let me know.

*Disclaimer: The meaning of ‘anxiety-free’ will be different to each person I work with. I further explore what anxiety-free means to me in this blog. Each client commits to attending the number of sessions and to completing the work required in each programme. Living your own anxiety-free life will be a long-term pursuit and will require continued commitment after the programme is finished.