By Meredith Janson
It's 3 a.m. and you're wide awake, heart racing as you worry about tomorrow's staff meeting.
How to Stress Less: Picture a soothing scene.
"Our bodies respond as well when we imagine walking on the beach or sitting in our backyard as when we actually go there," says Leslie Davenport, author of Healing and Transformation Through Self-Guided Imagery (Celestial Arts). Mental images are a powerful way to create a calming link between the mind and body. Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Spend five minutes visualizing a peaceful spot, making it feel real by noticing details like air temperature, sounds, scents, and colors.