Visualize away your worries & anxiety.

Visualize away your worries & anxiety.
by Kylie Ryan /

I just had a weekend away for business, and saw someone across from me in the flight terrified during take-off. His anxiety stirred my fears until I used my trusty visualization trick…

Can you really visualize away your worries? You ask.

Hell yes you can.

Worry is just visualizing all the things that could go wrong. It causes the feeling of anxiety, and you can easily spiral in to feeling like you’re in real danger, raised heart-rate, clammy hands etc. when the only danger is in your head, inside your imagination.

So I’m going to let you in on my special trick. (Well I can’t really claim it as my own invention, I’ve just internalized an anxiety-killing process from NLP)

So here’s how you do it.

When a little worry or fear comes up, you immediately say “NO!” (in your head) and erase the image, or movie in your mind.

Then immediately replace the movie of the worry with the movie of your ideal outcome, like you’re watching yourself on a screen, happy and safe.

So here’s one in practice. I see the guy across, sweating like crazy, I say to myself, “Geez we’re in a tin-can in the sky”, and start to picture plane crashes. Eek! Then I immediately erase that and deliberately create an image of me happily and safely walking out of the airport with all of my bags at my destination. I picture that over and over again, until my mind just moves on to something else.

And one for the pregnant ladies. A couple of times the idea of miscarriage has come up around me recently, which, activated me a little because…. Surprise! I’m pregnant with my second child. (Yay!) So immediately I create a vivid picture of me in the hospital bed, blissed out with a healthy newborn baby contentedly breastfeeding. I run that little movie over and over in my head until it is my truth, this is my future, and I relax.

 

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Isn’t this just like affirmations?

Kind of, but on steroids. Vivid visualization actually activates the neural pathways in your brain as if that event was actually happening. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between an imagined event and a real one. So every time you imagine vividly the ideal outcome happening, you’re creating a template for success. It’s like you’re greasing the pathway for the wheels to go down the path of awesome, instead of the path of disaster.

Give it a go sometime. If you practice it enough you’ll start doing it with everything… It’s seriously addictive, and feels great, and it works too! Yay!

 

Compassionate note:

I cannot begin to imagine the grief of a woman who has lost a baby or is dealing with miscarriage, and in no way do I mean to make light of that at all. If this is something you have experienced, my heart goes out to you. As a pregnant woman, I just need to be clear about what thoughts I allow to take root in my mind and which ones I must let go of.

Comments (5)

  1. Thanks for the compassionate note at the end of this blog Kylie, that meant a lot to me. I have had 7 miscarriages and instead of visualising being pregnant and breast feeding, I have been really working hard on visualising all the wonderful OTHER things that I can do / be. I have 2 beautiful boys and now I can no longer have anymore, and visualisation has and still is helping me move onto the rest of my life with acceptance of myself and the wonderful things in life I can have and do have.
    Much love for your gorgeous pregnancy, enjoy! X

    • Thanks Robyn, I’m so sorry to hear of your miscarriages, what an immeasurable loss. And as you say with 2 beautiful boys to be grateful for and many other wonderful things to fill your life, visualisation and focussing on the outcome you want can really help with acceptance and moving on. So much love to you and your family. Thank you for sharing.

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