Hi All! Thank you Georgette for your request for visualization techniques.
I'm sending information to some nice visualization techniques that can help students unravel from tension prior to starting class, before studying or any time as needed.
I really like the ball of yarn technique, which is brief yet effective:
Imagine a ball of yarn that is symbolic of the tension you carry throughout the day. Hold the tip of the yarn and imagine that the ball is gently and slowly unrolling away from you. As the ball of yarn rolls away and unravels, your tension also moves away, causing you to feel more and more relaxed.
Here is a second visualization, mountain meditation, that fosters a sense of strength, self-efficacy and the ability to weather whatever obstacles may come. This one is great for students who may see performance as a reflection of self. It combats this perspective by edifying inner strength regardless of success or challenges:
The senses meditation focuses on our senses in order to move away from anxious thoughts. It is helpful in grounding us from quickly growing anxious thoughts:
Take a moment to focus on your breathing. Now, notice 3 things you see in your surroundings. Notice 3 sounds you hear. Notice 3 things you can touch. Notice 3 things you can smell or taste. Return to your breathing for a moment before ending.
Have a wonderful New Year!