National PTSD Awareness Day: Guided Imagery In PTSD Recovery

National PTSD Awareness Day is today and in honor of that I’m sharing with you one of my favorite healing experts and one of my favorite recovery tools: Belleruth Naparstek and guided imagery. Belleruth NaparstekOn my radio show, Changing Direction, I’ve interviewed many of the top trauma, PTSD and recovery experts. One of my favorite interviews was with Belleruth whom I admire immensely both for her work and for her attitude toward PTSD recovery.

To give you an idea of her perspective, she’s written a Huffington Post article titled, “Note to Colleagues: Please Stop Saying Post Traumatic Stress Is Incurable”. In our interview, when I asked what survivors should do when they encounter a therapist who thinks they should be the same after trauma, Belleruth quipped, “Leave anyone who says so!” (Listen to my interview with Belleruth Naparstek here.)

To put it bluntly: Belleruth gets trauma and PTSD. Which is why she’s developed so many guided imagery audios for PTSD recovery for both civilians and military personnel.

Technically speaking, guided imagery is “the use of words and music to evoke positive imaginary scenarios in a subject with a view to bringing about some beneficial effect.” What that really means is that you get to listen to a calm and soothing voice walk you through relaxing scenes in your mind that are designed to help you resolve issues, problems and symptoms.

You mean you don’t have to talk to heal? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. Guided imagery can be a terrific complement to any recovery program because it allows you to “do the work” without really feeling like you’re working at all.

Possible outcomes from using guided imagery include:

  • changing the pictures in your mind
  • altering belief systems
  • engaging your subconscious in the healing process
  • shifting your thoughts
  • altering perceptions
  • reducing pain
  • releasing anxiety
  • improving sleep

And that’s just a partial list! You can check out the full list of Belleruth’s company’s guided imagery catalogue on the Health Journeys site where they have a slew of PTSD-specific guided imagery audios in addition to programs for all kinds of issues, including depression, illness, sleep, pain, mental health, stress relief and quitting smoking to name a few.

In honor of PTS Awareness Day the Health Journeys team is offering 20% off (some restrictions apply) on their audios, so now’s a great time to explore how guided imagery can work for you.

 

 
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