Apr 30, 2020 Guided Visualization Technique to Manage Stress and Stay Calm

Transport yourself for a moment with Robert Lawrence Friendman, Senior Trainer RWJBarnabas One Source Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as he leads this guided visualization.


Journey to the Beach

Instructor: Robert Lawrence Friedman, Senior Trainer for EAP

Hi, My name is Robert Lawrence Friedman. I’m one of the senior trainers for the RWJBarnabas Health One Source EAP.

Today we’re going to be doing a relaxation technique called guided visualization. I’d like you to get in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and then a very slow breath out. Take another long, slow, deep breath in and then a slow breath out.

I want you to imagine yourself inside of a movie theater. I’m going to ask you to open up your inner senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. These are the ones that correspond with your outer ones. Immediately you can get a feel of the air conditioner, and the soft cushion seat that you’re sitting on.

The curtain opens up and what appears in front of you is an absolutely beautiful beach. You walk up to the screen and through it, so know you’re on this beach. You can feel the warmth of the sand against your feet now, feel the warmth of the sun against your back and the cool breeze on your forehead. You look around and you can see the seagulls and you start to hear their sounds, you can hear the sounds of the surf. You feel very comfortable, very at ease. Just take a moment to enjoy this.

Now I’m gonna ask that you turn around, go through a door and back into the movie theater. I’m going to count from one to five, and when I reach five you’ll be back.

[Friedman counting] 1. Opening up your outer senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Opening your eyes, coming back. Thank you very much.