Visualisation has been known to relieve stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, boost your immune system and help with other side-effects caused by breast cancer.

The practice (sometimes known as guided imagery) is the use of your imagination for deep relaxation which can increase your sense of wellbeing.

Simply put, it is using your mind to think in pictures (or sometimes other sensations such as sounds) that helps you make contact with your inner world to help you mentally, emotionally and physically. You don’t have to be able to see anything, you can just imagine.

By imagining a peaceful scene you may feel more relaxed. To see for yourself how a thought can affect your body close your eyes and imagine yourself resting in a place where you would most like to relax. It may be favourite holiday spot or a place you saw on TV or in a magazine. Does this help you relax right now?

How does it work?

The mind and the body are really like two sides of the same coin, and they have a deep connection. Traditionally, Western medicine separated the mind and body, but science is now exploring this connection and we are understanding more about how mind and body influence each other.

How can creative visualisation help?

There is some evidence to suggest that visualisation may help to relieve stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, boost your immune system, help with some of the symptoms and side-effects related to breast cancer and its treatments, promote healing and increase your sense of wellbeing.

Once learnt, visualisation is a very useful tool that you can use at home or when receiving treatments in the hospital. You can then continue to do these exercises in your own time.

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