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Health Tip: Practicing Guided Imagery

(HealthDay News) -- Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that relies on using the imagination to help relieve stress and improve symptoms of nausea, anxiety and fatigue.

The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice:

  • Set aside at least 15 minutes to practice in a quiet, cool and comfortable place where you won't be disturbed. Let others know that you need some uninterrupted time.

  • Don't practice while driving.

  • Turn off your phone and eliminate other distractions.

  • If odd thoughts come into your mind as you practice guided imagery, let them pass and don't dwell on trying to figure them out.

  • Consider the practice successful if you feel better after you've completed the exercise.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/4/2014
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