Guided imagery is used to focus the mind, induce relaxation & shift attention away from the external environment, which can help to reduce anxiety, manage stress, and sleep better.
There is scientific substantial evidence that guided imagery can boost the immune system. Visualisation and Mindfulness Meditation exercises help to control symptoms & treatment side effects in people undergoing cancer treatment. Evidence shows an improvement in emotional & psychological states helping to ease anxiety and fears about radiotherapy & surgery.
In 2012 an American study looked at guided imagery for patients having radiotherapy for breast cancer. The study found that patients who had guided imagery had lower blood pressure, lower pulse rates, lower breathing, higher skin temperature…which showed that they felt more relaxed. Hot flushes were reduced, less anxiety and quality of life improved.