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Effect of relaxation with guided imagery on anxiety, depression and self-esteem in primiparas.

15 Aug

A 1995 study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing (vol.13: pp255-267) showed that postpartum depression in new mothers is alleviated by guided imagery. The research with 60 first-time mothers showed that those who practiced guided imagery during the first 4 weeks after giving birth had less anxiety and depression and more self-esteem and confidence than their counterparts who did not use guided imagery.

Citation: B. Rees. Effect of Relaxation with Guided Imagery on Anxiety, Depression and Self-Esteem in Primiparas. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 1995(Vol 13):255-67.

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