Why does a mental walk help you relax? Tania Taylor, hypnotherapist, anxiety specialist and psychotherapist, explains that you don’t have to actually get up and walk around, and that walking in nature provides all the mental benefits. doing.
“Whether something is happening in reality or in our mind’s eye, the part of the brain that regulates hormones doesn’t really know the difference,” explains Taylor.
“Have you ever walked on a plank wearing a VR set? The intelligent part of your brain knows you are perfectly safe. There are no clues in the protective center to help, so when you’re stressed, you respond by pumping out adrenaline, cortisol, and other hormones that unwittingly make your heart beat 10 to 10 and your legs wobble more than jelly. increase.
Another example might be watching a horror movie or reading a psychological thriller, says Taylor. “These are just a few related examples of how our minds can be powerful when we fear being attacked or overstressed. Incredible!” The reality is that we can put this skill to work for ourselves. This is where the mental walk comes in.”