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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about how to use positive imagery in anticipation of a potentially stressful event. One of the most common questions that I get from people is, Cory, how do I calm down before this stressful event? My mind is all over the place. There's a lot of energy in my body. I tried to focus on the breath, but it's not working.

Help! My response to that is instead of trying to calm down, imagine the event going amazingly well. Usually in anticipation of something stressful, if we're feeling stress it's because we're imagining all the ways the event could go poorly. We have different imagery in our mind. That's negative and different thoughts in our mind that are negative. One of the quickest ways to shift that is to create more positive imagery.

Why is this so important? Well, the physiological experience of anxiety is nearly identical to the physiological experience of excitement. The main difference there is the meaning we place on the experience. So if you're feeling your heart racing, your palms sweating, and a lot of energy going on in your body, but you're imagining a potential negative event happening, you're going to interpret that as fear and anxiety. But if you're feeling those same physiological experiences, but imagining the event going well, you're going to interpret it as excitement. So in anticipation of your next potentially stressful event, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, instead of trying to calm down, see if you can instead, imagine the event going amazingly well and see how that impacts your experience.

Thank you for your practice. I'll talk to you in the meditation and take care.

Cory Muscara

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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about how to use positive imagery in anticipation of a potentially stressful event. One of the most common questions that I get from people is, Cory, how do I calm down before this stressful event? My mind is all over the place. There's a lot of energy in my body. I tried to focus on the breath, but it's not working.

Help! My response to that is instead of trying to calm down, imagine the event going amazingly well. Usually in anticipation of something stressful, if we're feeling stress it's because we're imagining all the ways the event could go poorly. We have different imagery in our mind. That's negative and different thoughts in our mind that are negative. One of the quickest ways to shift that is to create more positive imagery.

Why is this so important? Well, the physiological experience of anxiety is nearly identical to the physiological experience of excitement. The main difference there is the meaning we place on the experience. So if you're feeling your heart racing, your palms sweating, and a lot of energy going on in your body, but you're imagining a potential negative event happening, you're going to interpret that as fear and anxiety. But if you're feeling those same physiological experiences, but imagining the event going well, you're going to interpret it as excitement. So in anticipation of your next potentially stressful event, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, instead of trying to calm down, see if you can instead, imagine the event going amazingly well and see how that impacts your experience.

Thank you for your practice. I'll talk to you in the meditation and take care.

Cory Muscara

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