#visualize your future (Unwind Wednesday)
The human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, hence the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. While visualization might feel hokey to some (it's taken me some time to come around), it's actually grounded in science. It is now a well-known fact that we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize an action and when we actually perform that same action. This is the reason that many successful professional athletes regularly employ visualization techniques and attribute it to their victories.
So when you feel stressed about a current situation - whether it's a health condition, your financial situation or a relationship woe, try using visualization to imagine a desirable future state. As you construct this image in your mind's eye, make it as vivid, detailed and specific as possible. Fill in the details of your surroundings, who you are with, what you you are doing and how you feel. Ideally this vision is motivating; it is grounded - building on current success, and at the same time bold - stretching the status quo.