In the last email, my colleague Dr. Hillel Mazansky, M.D. offered us a road map to find our “Happy Place” to relieve stress and anxiety. 
Have you ever stressed out over an upcoming event or performance? 
Well the good news is you can use imagery in preparation and rehearsal! Did you know that athletes use imagery? 
It’s all about getting into “The Zone”
Allowing yourself to run through the event SUCCESSFULLY       in your mind…
Now here are more pearls of wisdom from Dr. Mazansky, our guided imagery expert:
Aside from allowing you to rehearse mentally, imagery also allows you to practice in advance for anything unusual that might occur, so that you areprepared and already practiced in handling it. This is a technique used very commonly by top sports people, who learn good performance habits by repeatedly rehearsing performances in their imagination. When the unusual eventualities they have rehearsed using imagery occur, they have good, pre-prepared, habitual responses to them.
Imagery also allows you to pre-experience achievement of your goals, helping to give you the self-confidence you need to do something well. This is another technique used by successful athletes.
Wow! Now that’s the competitive EDGE! When I was studying Exercise Physiology at CSUF years ago, we covered this in Sports Psychology. Because the game starts in your MIND! There is a mind-body connection. It all starts in your brain…that’s the point of mental or NeuroFitness training to “Unlock Your Brain’s Potential” and I’m here to share with YOU all the tools I have learned!
In my next post, I’ll share with you a response that came in from another colleague about what can happen to you physically with continued rehearsal of negative thoughts and imagery…
For more information on Dr. Mazansky and his work, you can check out his website