So many of us today lead extremely busy lives. We find ourselves constantly rushing around, always "on the go." We have commitments to jobs, to family and friends, to our households, churches or temples, and even the gym! We are stretched and pulled in many different directions; no wonder we often feel "stressed out," tense, and pressured. We need to balance all that whirlwind activity with some time to unwind.

Many people use guided visualization for that very purpose: To relax and refuel, since there are a variety of physical health benefits to guided visualization. These include a lowering of blood pressure as well as the level of stress hormones in the blood. After quieting body and mind, these individuals feel full of energy and exceedingly relaxed. Refreshed, they are ready to face the challenges that await them.

Others use repeated visualizations to achieve personal or professional goals. By visualizing every detail in his course beforehand, for example, a runner can improve his skill and increase his performance. A store manager may visualize herself becoming more self-confident in a work situation that is uncomfortable for her, growing in her assertiveness and self-esteem.

Still others are searching for a deeper awareness of themselves. They use guided visualization to find that place within themselves where they can get in touch with their intuition. Through images and sometimes feelings or thoughts that come up for them, they often find answers to questions they have been struggling to resolve within their conscious mind. A person who is uncertain about the direction of their career may, for example, turn to guided visualizations as one tool to help them find their way.

If you take time out to relax in this healthy way and journey within, chances are you'll notice how much better you feel. It is truly a powerful technique to revitalize mind and spirit.

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Author's Bio: 

Pamela Hadfield-Grier is Life and Wellness Coach offering Stress Management techniques and Sport Yoga Instruction. She works with individuals to help them incorporate their mind, body and spirit to facilitate their decision making as well as their physical wellbeing to improve results in all areas of their lives.