3 Guided Visualizations To Help You Overcome Stress & Anxiousness

mbg Contributor By Jessica McKay
mbg Contributor
Jessica McKay is an intuitive guide, spiritual teacher, and contributor to When Heaven Touches Earth: A Little Book of Miracles, Marvels and Wonders. She’s a regular columnist for numerologist.com and has gives intuitive readings to clients all over the world.
3 Guided Visualizations To Help You Overcome Stress & Anxiousness

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My work as a professional intuitive has taught me to listen to my emotions instead of ignoring or second-guessing them. In doing so, I've realized easing stress and anxiousness has everything to do with recognizing these feelings for what they are. Here are three workable practices to help you feel into your stress and visualize it in a new empowering ways:

1. Picture your stress as a young child.

Life is sometimes going to feel scary. But if you have permission to be afraid, the fear can move through you rather than get stuck and escalate into terror.

The next time you find yourself feeling anxious or worried, instead of trying to get rid of the panic, imagine that it's a little 4-year-old child who has come running into your room after a nightmare. Sweep them up into your arms and listen to them tell you what they're afraid of. You can become the compassionate witness to the little kid inside who needs your love and acceptance.

This visualization does two things: It energetically separates your adult self from the one who's panicking, and it puts you in the empowering position of being able to comfort your own fear. That small, scared part of you is free to be scared, and having the freedom to be afraid can actually made them feel more at peace.

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2. Imagine sending other people's negativity into the earth.

We are all made of energy, and we're all connected. We'll often pick up on the feelings of others and carry them around without realizing it. If you've ever had a conversation with someone who was having a bad day and you came away feeling negative, it's likely because you're holding on to some of their energy.

Next time you become aware that you're anxious, set the intention to release anything that isn't yours. In your mind, visualize a grounding cord that stretches from the base of your spine to the center of the earth. As you exhale, imagine that you're letting go of anything that doesn't belong to you. Imagine it traveling down the grounding cord to the center of the earth. Just set the intention to release it, and you'll feel your body begin to relax.

3. Visualize consulting with your spirit guides.

This practice is for a moment when you aren't panicking because it can be challenging to focus on your spirit guides when you're in a state of extreme fear. I know the whole concept of spirit guides can seem really "woo-woo," and I totally understand the tendency to see them as silly, but they've proven oh-so-helpful in my fight against stress.

Close your eyes, and imagine that you're sitting in a chair in the middle of a beautiful room. Ask your guides to enter the room and stand in front of you. Ask them what you need to do to find more peace in your life, and listen to what you hear, or take note of what you see. If you have trouble seeing or hearing anything at first, it's OK. Just be open to receiving an answer.

You might suddenly get a picture in your mind of an activity that would help you feel more calm. Your answer might even come in the form of a book that your guides nudge you to pick up, or it might be in a conversation you overhear. Your guides will conspire to get the answers to you, somehow.

Having a spiritual practice that resonates with you will help you put difficult feelings like panic and anxiousness into perspective. The more you embrace your feelings instead of pushing them away, the easier it will be to love and accept yourself just as you are.

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