NLP offers many tools that can help with stress reduction. A former student of our NLP training in Los Angeles asked me: “what technique do you use to reduce your overall stress?”
Honestly, generally speaking, I am not that stressed. This is because I not only use NLP a lot, but also meditate daily. On days that stress hits me harder based on the circumstances of my day, I do the following:
- I imagine sitting inside a rowboat in the middle of a lake.
- Looking through my own eyes, I makes this experience as real and as calming as possible. I imagine what I would see, hear, and feel.
- I imagine slowly being rocked, the sounds being so soothing that there is a small grey fog exiting my body with each and every exhale.
- When the last puff releases from my body, I imagine breathing in the mist of calmness that hovers over the lake. It is white. With each breath, I feel calmer. Not just more relaxed, but cleaner and fresher.
- I adjust my breathing to facilitate this process.
- I imagine seeing stepping stones from the boat to the shore. (I avoid being able to tell how many stepping stones there are in the end)
- Looking at the first stone, I either intuitively (unconsciously) or logically figure out what step I need to take to start navigating the obstacle. The action I need to take, and that I am required to complete or navigate to get around the challenge or obstacle. The “plan.” This is a technique I have taken from the WOOP method created by Gabriella Oettingen, the world-leading positive psychologist when it comes to goal setting.
- I create a hologram of myself doing the action that appears on the stone.
- I imagine stepping into the hologram. I imagine what I would see, hear, and feel while doing this action.
- I repeat this with the next stones and whatever actions need to happen next.
- Once all steps or obstacles are navigated, I am on the shore. And I open my eyes.
This NLP technique for stress reduction I designed based on things that I know work for me, but are also based on science. Enjoy!