Visualization is a key resiliency practice. Have you ever gone into a meeting and saw yourself confidently presenting to your team? Or pictured yourself running all 10 miles and enjoying it? Visualization is so successful that there are studies that show that when people visualize success, they succeed! So what does that have to do with stress? Visualization can be used to center ourselves as well. Take this example: You’re shopping for your holiday gifts, you need to go to the grocery store, your partner wants to change plans at the last minute, and oh by the way, the dog had an accident in the house. That’s enough to make you want to scream!
One practice that you can employ is to visualize yourself navigating through these issues successfully. Picture yourself, getting the last bit of shopping done at the mall. While you waited in a long line, you messaged your partner to understand what the new plans and are now comfortable with adapting to them. You’ve gone from the mall to the store, and picking up those items you still need. Finally, you’ve gone home, the mess is still there, but you know with a little clean-up, it will be gone. You’re thankful that your dog is still with you and that he offers unconditional love. When it’s all done, you settle in for a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
Activity: What is something that is stressing you out right now? Now take a minute to visualize you remaining calm, full of grace, and handling the stressor like it’s not a big deal.