Remaining calm under pressure is a very valuable skill. It can help you achieve success and happiness in almost every area of life. Being honest with yourself, how often does fear prevent you from going after what you want in life? How many times have you backed down from asking a person you like on a date; or decided not to apply for a job; or even the more simple things in life such as visiting places you have never been to before?
If you can remain calmer under these pressure situations, you will be more likely to feel good whilst doing them, and not avoid them in the future. And each time you push yourself and do something challenging, you will grow stronger and stronger, feeling more and more comfortable each time..
I will show you a simple visualization technique that you can use in any stressful moment, which combines hypnotic and meditation techniques for a really powerful result. It is a calming and soothing visualization that sets you up with a trigger word so that you can quickly relax in any given situation, by simply saying to yourself this trigger word. Before you begin, make sure you won’t be disturbed for at least half an hour, and get yourself comfortable. It might be worth you reading these 5 steps a few times in order to memorize them or you can simply follow the audio provided.
2) Imagine yourself calmly strolling past a nice peaceful lake.
3) Use as many sense as you can. Listen to the trickling of the water. Smell the flowers and trees. Feel the breeze gently caressing your face.
4) When you are feeling nice and relaxed tell yourself that in any situation, at any time, when you say to yourself the word ‘relax’ your mind will return to this tranquil lake, feeling the same deeply calm state of relaxation as you do now.
5) Spend some more time around your lake if you wish, and gently wake yourself up at a convenient time for yourself.
Although this is a fairly simple visualization, it is incredibly powerful. It literally installs the trigger word ‘relax’ into your subconscious mind, and associates it with your imagined relaxing experience around the lake. After doing this visualization, when you say to yourself the word ‘relax’, your mind will be transported back to how relaxed you felt when imagining the lake. It doesn’t matter where you are, or what you are doing, when you say to yourself the word ‘relax’, your mind will associate it with the relaxing experience of the lake, and will transport your mind back there.
A great thing about this technique is that it gets stronger and more effective the more you use it. The more you say to yourself the word ‘relax’ in every day situations to calm yourself down, the more ingrained this becomes in your mind.
Jon Rhodes is a former musician and mental health professional. Several years ago he decided to use his unique experiences and train to become a clinical hypnotherapist, in order to provide his own unique brand of hypnotherapy. Jon literally treats hundreds of people every day with his distinct and powerful therapeutic audio sessions, combining his skills as a musician and a therapist. Please click here for more information on his powerful hypnosis audio sessions, and lots of free articles and videos.