Guided Imagery

Guided imagery can have many health-related physical and emotional benefits. The steps that follow can help you teach young people to use their imaginations to actually change how they are feeling and what they are focused on.

What You Need

  • Electronic devices for each participant or one with a larger screen that can be seen by all
  • Internet connection
  • Copies of the “Create the State You Want” worksheet
  • Pen or pencil (one for each participant)

Step 1: Check In

Ask participants to say which activity or suggestion from the website they have done since your last meeting. Ask them to describe what they did and what it felt like.

Step 2: Guided Imagery

Show the Guided Imagery video together and choose one of the processes for participants to try, either to de-stress or to focus on a future goal. At the end talk about how they think they could use this strategy in different specific situations.

Step 3: Create the State You Want

Distribute the Create the State You Want worksheet and explain that one of the most powerful yet simple self-awareness techniques is guided imagery. Guided imagery can have many health-related physical and emotional benefits. It can help you feel less nervous or upset, be less bothered by pain or reach a goal such as an athletic or academic achievement. Through guided imagery you can learn to use your imagination to actually change how you are feeling and what you are focused on. Have participants complete the worksheet and if they are comfortable doing so, share what they wrote or drew with one other person.

Create the State You Want

Step 4: Reflect

Gather your group in a circle. Ask teens to each complete the following two sentences as a way of reflecting on what they’ve learned about guided imagery:

1. A situation from my past in which I wish I had used guided imagery is…

2. In the future I will try using guided imagery to help me…

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