It can be difficult to relax. With so many thoughts, worries, and memories, it can be nearly impossible to just breathe. That is unless you take some conscious steps to release yourself from the prison you’ve placed yourself in. The prison is your mind, and breaking out of it involves just opening the door.
Imagery Technique to Ease an Uneasy Mind
Imagine it now. You inside of a prison. There’s a door in your cell and it’s unlocked, but you refuse to open it. Why? You’re so focused on being in the cell. You’re in the cell, and you never consider just opening the door and walking out.
The cell is your thoughts, worries, and memories. You are imprisoned by them. There’s a door that’s unlocked, but it’s hard to open the door and walk through it. Even though it’s hard, it’s possible. Let me show you how to do it just by following the suggestions in this blog.
Gather Your Thoughts
Usually, your thoughts are random. You think about one thing, and then something else. You then think about the first thought or worry, and then back to the second one. You’re constantly bouncing all over the place. Try to gather them all together.
You can do this easily by writing them all down. Write one thought/worry/memory down. When you have another one, write that one down. Do this for a day or two days until you have each thought written. No need to repeat the thoughts – once is enough.
With all of your thoughts together, you can see the whole picture. Before it overwhelms you, take that piece of paper and put it to the side. When I say put it to the side, I mean do it intentionally and then mentally. Place the piece of paper somewhere you can find it, but out of sight. In your mind, imagine yourself picking up all of your thoughts and putting them to the side.
What happens when you gather something and put it to the side? Your path is clear.
Your path to the unlocked door is clear now. All you have to do is walk over to the door. Think about walking through that door and leaving those thoughts/worries/memories behind. You’re not getting rid of them. They will remain in the cell safe. You can go back at any time. Knowing that is important – many people don’t stop thinking or worrying because they don’t feel comfortable not doing it. Knowing that it’s there to go back to is reassuring and feels safe.
As you mentally walk away from your thoughts, worries and memories, pay attention to how you feel. Relaxed? Free? Unburdened? Yes… that’s exactly how you should feel.
Try to hold on to that feeling for as long as possible. When you feel overwhelmed with thoughts again, try to gather and look them over and then put them to the side.
You owe it to yourself to be free from your thoughts and worries. Try this exercise today to feel at peace.