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How Much Time Do You Need to Spend Listening for Guided Imagery to be Effective?

23 Apr

 

I have a couple of questions for you.  First, I am looking for guided imagery on two different topics...one is stress/anxiety relief and the other is reduction of dependency on alcohol. I was wondering, can you listen to guided imagery on more than one topic at a time? Also, are there audios that are shorter than 60 minutes? I truly don't have much time in a day and would like to spend no more than 15 minutes listening if possible. Is it a requirement that you spend a lot of time listening to the audios for it to be effective?

Thanks, Karen


Hey, Karen,

We have some good guided meditations for reducing stress - Relieve Stress and Relaxation & Wellness but the guided imagery for Help with Alcohol & Other Drugs targets the chemical dependency, and is stress reducing at the same time. So you might want to start with that one and see how you respond. If you like it, you could alternate it with one of the stress ones.

When it says "60 minutes playing time", that's two different tracks, plus an intro - the guided imagery is about 25 minutes, and there's an affirmations track that's about the same. You absolutely do not have to listen to the whole thing in order to benefit. If all you have is 10 minutes, take the 10. Over time, with repeated listening, it all sinks in, and the positive impact sneaks up on you; most people notice changes in attitude and behavior just sort of happening organically.

Also, the affirmations track can be played while doing other things, even driving, and you can stop and start anywhere.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award