As you listen to the sound of the ocean ,close your eyes and allow yourself to drift onto your own beach .You experience the warm sand ,the sun ,the water washing over your feet and you relax in this peaceful ,tranquil place .Listen to the CD each day if possible to help reduce the tension and stress in your life ,to raise your self esteem and thus your confidence and feel refreshed and renewed .
Directions : To gain maximum benefit from this CD ,it is recommended that you allow yourself half an hour of uninterrupted time in a quiet place .Lie or sit comfortably with legs and arms uncrossed .
The importance of breathing properly :When you breath diaphragmatically ,that is ,down into the lower part of your lungs ,a chemical change takes place ,which starts the “letting go” process .Take a deep breath ,pushing out your stomach and rib cage rather than raising your chest. This is diaphragmatic breathing .Once you have mastered the technique of breathing correctly ,you will be well on your way to handling the excess stress of life .
A word about stress : We all need a certain amount of stress in our lives to motivate us and help us to live up to our true potential .This kind of stress is called EUSTRESS .However , all to easily in our busy ,demanding lives ,we find ourselves going beyond the coping ,healthy level and our stress tips over into DISTRESS .The key to handling stress is to know where the line is for you ,personally .By learning to relax and quieten your mind on a regular basis (not just when you are aware of feeling stressed ) ,will help you to maintain an energy level and achieve your goals .
Resting your body without at the same time ,resting your mind ,is only doing half the job ! The purpose of guided imagery is to focas the mind on a peaceful scene ,and your body will relax more easily and completely .