There's a lot of uncertainty during times of crisis or when you have a chronic illness. I wanted to offer some mindfulness and relaxation exercises to use when you’re feeling overwhelmed. These techniques include mindfulness, visualization and other practical tips to maintain a positive mindset in the face of uncertainty that I learned from the DNRS program.
Come up with a mantra.
Having a healthy mindset is really the best way to prevent inflammation and illness. Everything will be ok. YOU are healthy, happy and strong. This is my mantra. I tell myself this every day. I write it down in a little notebook at least 10 times as well. You don't have to use this exact mantra. Feel free to customize it to fit your needs.
Work on visualization.
I visualize myself traveling and enjoying myself. Be as specific as possible with your visualization. You can visualize any happy moment. I'm personally focusing on the future and the things that I've had to put off like travel. These visions always make me smile. I also try and remember a time in my life where I was ill and then got better. It's a good reminder that I can recover from illness and everything will be ok.
How does visualization promote relaxation and stress reduction?
I’ve found that focusing on a positive memory or idea distracts me from my current mindset. With regular practice, my overall wellbeing improved. And it’s not just me! There’s been studies done that prove that visualization can improve feelings of well-being. [source]
Stop obsessive thoughts which fuel anxiety and cause panic.
When a scary or negative thought comes into my head then I immediately stop myself, take a few deep breaths and repeat my mantra. This keeps me from spiraling into anxiety. It's a great tool for stopping the obsessive thoughts that can bring so much fear.
I learned these relaxation techniques in the DRNS program. The Dynamic Neural Retraining System isn’t an instant relaxation technique. It’s more of a long-term solution that retrains the brain. For me, it completely changed the way I think and react.
Does DNRS really work?
I did this program over a year ago and I still find it effective. I'm so glad I did because I find myself able to handle crisis situations without letting my emotions take over. I still use these techniques during acute stress or anxiety but at this point (and lots and lots of practice) it's mostly become second nature. If you'd like to read more about my experience with the program feel free to check out my DNRS reviews in the story highlights in my instagram feed or read this blog post.
If you’ve got questions or want to share your experience with DNRS, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!