Monday Mojo – Using Guided Imagery to Help Caregivers Relax

Monday Mojo – Using Guided Imagery to Help Caregivers Relax

Monday Mojo - Alzheimer's CaregiversWelcome to today’s Monday Mojo!  Have you ever tried guided imagery to help you relax? With guided imagery, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation.

Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. You can use an instructor, tapes, or scripts to help you through this process. Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real.

Benefits of Guided Imagery

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces problems related to stress
  • Helps to reach goals (such as losing weight or quitting smoking), manage pain, and promote healing
  • Aids preparing for an athletic event or for public speaking
  • May aid learning, creativity, and performance
  • Can help you feel more in control of your emotions and thought processes, which may improve your attitudes, health, and sense of well-being