Visualization is a powerful tool to make change happen. Many women have a picture in their mind of how they want their body to look. This picture almost always includes weight loss. Their self talk is critcal, demoralizing and can include self hate. “If only I could think myself thin rather than obsessing about food and weight” they might say.
By decreasing negative self talk rather than focusing on losing pounds, you can start to let go of the heaviness in your heart and head. So maybe the thin thinking doesn’t need to be focused on the body, but the mind.
Visualization is a way to increase positive self talk through your imagination. Like your breath, which is a tool we have with us all the time for stress managment, your imagination is with you always.
Use visualization to change your thinking, decrease negative self talk about your body and create a space of your own in your mind’s eye.
- Close your eyes
- Take 3 deep breaths
- Imagine a point of sunlight right behind your eyes and create a room or space that you would like to inhabit
- Notice the detail: the colors, the sounds and smells, the furnishings
- Lighten your load by relaxing into the moment -let the negative self talk go
Spend as much time as you want in this soothing place. When you are ready to come back, take one or two deep breaths and gently open your eyes.
How could you use this tool take the pressure off of yourself and allow a calming space in your mind?