Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
|January 26, 2010||Posted by healthsmartmom under Brain Health|
Using Positive Visualization To Help You Achieve Your Body Goals.
Scientists have always speculated about the mind body connection. It is a real phenomenon that has helped people achieve some amazing results. Through positive visualization, you can change the way you think and watch as your body and your life in general responds to the new you!
What is Positive Visualization?
Positive Visualization is the process of using your mind to see yourself achieving your goals. Through this technique, what seemed impossible before slowly 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. Most humans are visual creatures. It is easier for us to do something when you can first 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. Your body responds to what your brain believes is real.
If you set a goal, and you can actually see yourself achieveing that goal, your brain begins to believe that the goal is a reality and will begin to work to put reality in line with its beliefs. The brain seems to want to help you to complete that goal. Of course most of us experience this power in the negative – we want to lose weight – but we tell ourselves “I’ll never be able to lose the weight” – as a result – our brain starts to work against us in our weight-loss efforts.
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!