Sansum Clinic | Stress Management Series | Episode #1 – Science of Stress

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The science behind vision boards

The science behind vision boards

Vision boards rely on the power of visualization to rewire the brain. Your brain is an amazing organ that loves to be stimulated by learning and process new information. However, one important study found that the brain doesn't have the capacity to distinguish between a vision of the future and memory. This is where the magic of visualization can be harnessed.

When you learn something new, such as how to drive a car or bake a cake, your brain makes a new memory of that activity. The more you repeat the action, the more that memory becomes imprinted in your brain. Over time, a new "neural pathway" is formed, which transforms the memory into a learned behavior or a habit.

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But remember, your brain can’t differentiate between the real physical experience of doing something and your imagination. When you visualize something, your brain will create a memory in the same way - and respond to it as if it were real!

If you consistently visualize or contemplate a future idea, it will become a reality for your brain. Your brain will form a new neural pathway and begin to create deliberate behaviors that make that vision more attainable. When you begin to use your vision board, you will notice how your brain will come up with creative and innovative ideas for achieving your vision. You will be amazed at how it will fuel your passion and drive to live your vision and keep it top of mind.

This is not an idea from a science fiction novel. It's backed by a study done at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. One group of participants was asked to do scheduled physical workouts while another was asked to do "visual workouts".

The group that did the physical gym workouts showed a 30% muscle increase. The group that worked out in their heads showed an amazing 13.5% muscle increase! Yes, this is a real study that was published in Psychology Today.

Just by visualizing that they were working out, the brains of the second group actually believed that they were doing so physically. They rewired themselves to give these participants the results of an actual workout!

Today more than ever, the power of visualization is under serious investigation. Research has already shown that visualization can help relieve aches, pains and other ailments but the potential, especially in healing chronic diseases is mind-boggling.

This is exactly how a vision board works. It allows you to harness the power of visualization by reflecting on your goals every day so that your brain works with you to achieve them.

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We can help! Please check out our extensive self-help library in the member's area. We'd also like to recommend our range of stress-busting products.

Jill is also available for 1-to-1 online therapy if you'd prefer to speak to a very experienced therapist face to face.