It is estimated that at least 6 out of 100 people suffer from some type of light deficient depression during the dark days of winter, but turning your clock back an hour doesn’t have to leave you in the dark. If sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy and being starved for daylight puts you in a funk, imagining the sun can be the next best thing to keep your spirits up this winter.
Your imagination is very effective since your mind and body sometimes don’t know the difference between whether your brain is just thinking something or if you are actually experiencing something. According to the American Psychological Association, studies have associated the use of guided imagery techniques with positive outcomes such as reduced anxiety and depression. So, whenever you need to bask in some radiant sunshine, whether you are inside or out, this simple guided imagery can help.
Practice the following sequence as often as necessary and start to feel brighter, more cheerful and full of positive energy.
- Find a quiet place to sit that is totally free from external distractions like the telephone, television or radio. Take a few moments to get comfortable. When you are ready, close your eyes, sit up straight and relax your body.
- Begin to breathe rhythmically and consistently through your nose, warming the air as it comes into your body. Imagine you are holding on to some of that heat as you exhale, allowing your body to gradually become warmer.
- Visualize a warm, golden sphere floating a few inches above your head emitting rays of light. Feel this light warm and energizing as it shines directly into your core. Let it illuminate and warm you from the inside out, giving you a vibrant and healthy glow.
- Now, notice your body tingling and your mind clearing. Feel yourself charged up and energized by this powerful image. Stay with this image for as long as you feel comfortable. If your mind begins to wander, bring your focus back to the glowing sphere above your head and to keep warm and inspired.
Allow tension, anxiety and depression to melt in the heat of your positive glow. In even the darkest days of winter, find your inner light by using this guided imagery and bring the light of joy back into your life.
November 16th, 2011