7 Visualisation Techniques To Calm An Anxious Mind
Anxiety is said to be a modern epidemic. And with how stressful city living has become (what does work-life balance even mean anymore?), it’s not hard to see why. The good news is, there are plenty of easy ways to calm an anxious mind— and personal loan company NetCredit has compiled seven visualisation techniques that will help you do just that within a minute. Scroll the gallery to check them out.
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1. The double-paned window
Use it when… your anxious mind is keeping you awake.
Do it by… picturing a bunch of people chatting loudly outside your open window – but don’t shout at them. You have a double paned window in front of you, so just calmly close it. You’ll find that the annoying chatter is silenced and you are free to fall sleep.
2. The stop sign
Use it when… you have unwanted thoughts.
Do it by… visualising a big red stop sign on an empty street with a clear blue sky overhead. Focus on the sign and repeat the word “stop” to yourself. You’ll find that no more unwanted thoughts are able to enter your consciousness and your anxiety will slowly fade away.
3. The serene beach
Do it when… you feel anxious about flying.
Use it by… visualising yourself on a white sandy beach, complete with clear blue skies and gentle lapping waves. Imagine your body sinking into the chair and feel the warmth of the sand on your feet. Let go of any tension in your body and breath in time with the rolling waves of the water.
4. The blender
Use it when… you feel stressed out by work.
Do it by… visualising a blender loudly grinding food. Mentally shut the blender off and you’ll feel an instant sense of calm.
5. The ball of yarn
Use it when… you’re unable to unwind after a long day.
Do it by… picturing a small ball of yarn holding all the residual tension from the day. Find the tip of the yarn and imagine it slowly unrolling. The strand gets longer and longer and you feel your tension unwinding. The yarn becomes completely loose and you’ll find that you’re able to enjoy the night.
6. The blue light
Use it when… you need to relax before (or after) tackling a big task,
Do it by… visualising yourself surrounded by a glowing orb of blue light. Breathe in the light and allow it to fill your whole head. Visualise the tension leaving your body as black smoke, which dissolves completely in the light around you. With each breath, allow your body to be filled with the healing blue light until your entire being is clear like a blue crystal.
7. The quiet liquid
Do it when… you feel overwhelmed by mental chatter.
Do it by… visualising ‘quiet’ as a thick, clear liquid that fills your head with peace and quiet. See it pour slowly down your body, until you feel like a liquid ball. Once you’re in this zone, breathe deeply and stay in this position for a few minutes.