How to Visualize A Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Scientists have always speculated about the mind/body connection. It is a real phenomenon and has helped people achieve some amazing things. Through visualization, you can change the way to think and your life in general.
What is visualization? It is the process of seeing yourself achieving your goals. Through the technique, what seemed impossible before becomes a possibility worth pursuing.
What often happens in life is that we set goals and don’t achieve them. This doesn’t mean that every goal we set will be unmet. But, sometimes, when the deadline we set approaches, instead of being filled with delight we are anxious because we are nowhere near the goal. That can lead to discouragement and abandonment of the goal altogether.
Visualization has helped many people to achieve their goals for fitness and weight loss, not to mention life in general. The technique begins with mental imagery. It is easier to do something when you can see yourself doing it.
Think about a dance routine or a recital. You go through the movements in your head before a performance. You may not have known it then, but this is a part of the visualization process.
It’s funny how the brain works. People have reported having dreams where they were running or being chased and they woke up tired. The brain seems to want to help you to complete that goal.
Visualization works best when you use all your senses. Don’t just see yourself accomplishing your goal; imagine the smells, sound, tastes and touch associated with the goal. As you visualize, you see the “big picture” so to speak. You go through the motions of the entire process to find success each step of the way.
Weight-loss goals are hard to keep. Most of us start with the goal and then try to make steps towards that goal each day. With visualization, you can see yourself choosing healthier foods, performing different exercises and dealing with difficult situations.
Going through the process in your head, makes it seem not so intimidating in real life. For instance, imagine the smells in a restaurant. In spite of that, you order a salad with dressing on the side instead of the pasta. Visualization is preparing you to handle the event.
Fitness goals are not the only ones we create. You may want to perform better on your job or to create a happier home. Set your goals and then visualize yourself making the changes. Use that imagery over and over to help you keep to your goal even despite setbacks.
Visualization also helps combat the negative self-talk because you are concentrating on positive outcomes. It takes practice to get it right, but visualization has helped others to “see” what they want to achieve and win!