5 ways to visualize yourself into having more energy and happiness:
- See if you can work out what it is you want and why: Do you want to feel calmer? Do you want to beat your personal best when you go for a run later?
- Use each of your senses to play out the situation in your mind: What are you hearing, feeling, smelling ….? It should absorb you so much that it seems like it’s actually happening. Make sure you are the subject of the visualization; it’s all about you and how you want to feel!
- Be patient with yourself and keep practicing; this is like any other skill. Doing it repeatedly is like carving a positive groove in your mind. Each time you do the same process of a visualization no matter the details or situation, your brain is creating a strong positive pathway. Consistency is the key. You can use the same process for any situation or feeling.
- Keep it positive. Always. For example, if you feel like you’re getting ill, don’t fixate on making your sore throat go away because that’s still a negative! Visualize your immune system working hard to carry vitamins around your body and the rest you’ll get that night helping your body to repair itself. I’m a fine one to talk because I pretty much panic as soon as I get a sore throat! It comes from the old days of Chronic fatigue syndrome + a cold meaning 4 weeks of feeling wack. So now I use a visualization to calm me down and imagine my body fighting hard. Which it can do perfectly fine once I’ve calmed the hell down!!
Are you creative?
5. Why not find a beautiful notebook (maybe try GoStationary or Paperchase) and use photos or descriptions, or both, that you can refer back to and re-use for particular situations.
Example of a visualization:
- Situation: I’m feeling worried about the coming days being so busy, I feel overwhelmed, I’ve over-committed and don’t want to let anyone down and I’m already tired now before it’s all started. I have a few long busy days at work with a tricky client. I also have washing and cleaning to do at home, shopping to do for guests on the weekend and I want everything to be right. Ideally I’ll bake a cake for them, get meals ready for work next week and fit the gym in somewhere.
- How I want to feel: I want to feel calm, capable and strong. I want to feel relaxed enough and confident in myself to be able to enjoy these things.
- What situation have I been in before when I felt strong and confident? Arranging an international event at the stadium I used to work in.
Do you want to try it? Below is a template if you’d like to do your own.
- What’s the situation right now?
- How would you like to feel instead?
- How will you do this? What past situation can you use to transfer those great feelings?
- Re-live that past situation in high technicolour detail! Go through all your senses.
- Now carry that over to the present situation you’d like to change. Use those great feelings to imagine how you’ll approach it and how well it will go.
- Breathe in and absorb those great feelings and carry them through the day and week ahead, repeating the process whenever you need to. At the very least you’ll feel calmer and more positive and you’ll have a plan.