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Positive Imagery: A Creative Route To Stress Relief

Positive Imagery can be perhaps an unexpected yet effective tool for stress management. I say “unexpected” for two reasons: first, we may think of meditation, exercise, breathing, self-hypnosis, and many other stress management techniques more commonly than positive imagery as “helpful with stress,” but imagery really can help; second, imagery is often thought of for other purposes besides stress management. Imagery is already known to be used to simulate practice and enhance sports performance, as in the case of basketball players imagining making that basket over and over until they can more easily do it on real life. Imagery has also been used to build confidence and reduce test anxiety, and for similarly practical purposes; rehearsing things we may have a fear of doing can help us to become more comfortable with the idea of doing them, and that alone can help improve our performance. However, imagery can be used for stress management in several ways as well.

As I mentioned, positive imagery can enhance confidence and alleviate anxiety, as well as improve performance and increase abilities. All of these things can reduce stress. But positive imagery can also help in other ways. It is believed that we think in images, and that behavior and emotions are preceeded by images; by “pre-cognitively” altering limiting thoughts and ideas through imagery, it is believed that we can change our subconscious mind, and our habitual thought patterns. There is also evidence that when we use positive imagery to get ourselves into a better mood, we perform better on a variety of tasks. (And this improved performance, of course, can lead to less stress as well.)

Positive imagery is similar to hypnosis and relaxation, but different in important ways, too. Positive imagery seeks to alter limiting thoughts and behaviors by shifting perceptions, as with hypnosis. However, hypnosis works with trance-like states, attempts to access unconscious thoughts, and generally requires a practitioner–or at least a tape of one. Imagery is a fully-conscious activity that can more easily be self-directed. Imagery has also been linked with different outcomes than relaxation alone. Basically, positive imagery tends to bring even more beneficial results in regards to relaxed changes in your body, and may be able to bring a greater quality of life than can relaxation therapy alone, as imagery can help you to change the way you think and react in life.

Looking for a simple way to use positive imagery? Here are a few to try right now:

  • Vividly imagine yourself feeling more relaxed. (This quick tutorial can show you how.)
  • Imagine yourself mastering a stressful situation in your life. Be sure to imagine all of it in full sensory detail–follow the tutorial above, and then take things a step further by imagining the activity you are hoping to master, and imagining yourself mastering it.
  • You can also use imagery to reframe a situation–either by altering how you see it (seeing something as a challenge rather than a threat can make it less stressful), or in how you react to it–envision yourself trying a different response and being met with success.

These techniques may take some practice, but the results are worth it. See you you can envision your way to a less stressed lifestyle!

References:
Freeman, L. W. (2009). Mosby’s complementary and alternative medicine. (3 ed.). St.
Louis, MO: Mosby.

Picket, A.; Coughtrey, A. E.; Matthews, A., and Holmes, E. A. (2011). Fishing for
happiness: the effects of generating positive imagery on mood and behavior.
Behavior Research and Therapy, Vol 49(12), pp. 885-91.

Seif-Barghi, T.; Kordi, R.; Memari, A.; Mansournia, M.; and Jalali-Ghomi, M. (2012).
The effect of an ecological imagery program on soccer performance of elite
players. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 3(2), p. 81.

Munroe-Chandler, K.; Hall, C. R.; Fishburne, G. J., Murphy, L., Hall, N. D. (2012).
Effects of a cognitive specific imagery intervention on soccer skill performance of
young athletes: Age group comparisons. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Vol
13(2), pp. 324-331.

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Where the Sandy Relief Bill Money Goes

The Hurricane Sandy relief bill — Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Assistance (H.R. 1) – proposes about $60.4 billion in new government spending, just over half of which might actually end up helping victims of the October 2012 storm.

Real assistance provided to Sandy victims in the bill amounts to around $32.7 billion, including $11.5 billion in FEMA disaster relief funds, $20.7 billion to help pay Federal Flood Insurance Program claims, and $500 million for SBA small business disaster loans. (Also see: Flood Insurance Myths and Facts)

The balance — approximately $27.7 billion of proposed spending — would go to dozens of government agencies and branches of the military to help them prepare for dealing with future disasters and for ongoing mitigation projects related to past disasters.

Critics of the bill, both Republicans and Democrats have labeled much of the proposed spending not directly intended to help Sandy victims as “pork.”

For example, the bill would give NOAA $150 million to help the Alaskan fishing industry recover from past storms. NASA would get $4 million for repairs to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Dept. of Defense would get $41 million for repair to storm-damaged military bases, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Almost $11 billion would go to the Dept. of Transportation for funding of future public transportation projects. Another $17 billion would go to the Community Development Block Grant program, from which funds can end up being spent on just about anything imaginable. And the U.S. Army would get $1.3 million for “procurement of ammunition.”

Not only would much of the proposed spending in what critics have tagged the “Sandy Scam” bill do nothing to actually aid the victims, its inclusion and resulting debate has slowed the legislative process and thus the delivery of assistance to the people who really need it.

Also See: After Katrina, FEMA Announces New Disaster Recovery Strategies

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Ron catches an American shad

A Final Goodbye

Ron catches an American shad

This is my last blog post.  Today is the last day you will hear from me directly folks.  All of my articles are still here on the site and will be for quite some time.  So you can read and reference them as you always have.  Thanks to all my faithful readers and followers over the years.  Hopefully my replacement will take up right where I left off and not only continue, but make improvements to the site along the way.  Watch over your kids folks.  Take them fishing.  Teach them to fish and be outdoors, not stuck in front of a TV or computer game.  They are precious and you need to take care of them.  Fishing is  the best way I know to accomplish that, and About.com is the best place to learn how to be a better fishermen and a better parent.

My About.com email address has already been closed off, so one final – so long!  I shall miss each and every one of you!  Merry Christmas and may God bless all of you and your families.

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Finding a Fall Fishing Day

Photo © Dan Uelk

Fall weather can be good one day and bad the next. For fishermen, that means picking the right day to head out. Some of us can’t pick and choose any day, so we end up taking what we can get. But if you can pick your day, pick it wisely…

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Photo © Ron Brooks

It’s Time to Say "So Long…"

Photo © Ron Brooks

I have been blessed!  I have been the guide here on About.com’s Saltwater Fishing site for almost 15 years.  It has been a thrill, but the time has come for me to hand the reins over to someone else.  Lots of issues are causing me to step down, the major one being my wife’s current battle with cancer.  I’ve made a lot of friends, met a ton of people, and tried to share my fishing knowledge with all of you.   I have had a ball!  Almost 15 years!  It’s been quite a ride for me.  Since 1998 I have been sharing my fishing experiences and knowledge with people around the world.  I will find it difficult to wake up every morning and not be checking and updating my site.

About.com is a great compilation of people – over 900 of them – who have a passion for their subject and a desire to share that passion with the world.  I will miss my friends at About.com, and I will  miss all my online fishing friends who email me regularly, and faithfully read my work.  I have so many people to thank, and the first in that thank-you line is Ronnie Garrison, About.com’s Freshwater Fishing Guide.

Photo © Ron Brooks

Ronnie is the man who got me started not just at About.com, but also writing for several outdoor magazines.  Ronnie – you are the man!

A new guide is standing in the wings to take over and provide new, fresh content and answers to your fishing questions.  I’ve made my recommendation, and the selection process is underway.  Until then, you will still see the site updated and you will still receive the weekly newsletter if you are subscribed.  So, hang in there!  And when the new guide is announced, I encourage all of you to welcome that person the way you always welcomed and encouraged me.

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Photo © Ron Brooks

It’s Time to Say "So Long…"

Photo © Ron Brooks

I have been blessed!  I have been the guide here on About.com’s Saltwater Fishing site for almost 15 years.  It has been a thrill, but the time has come for me to hand the reins over to someone else.  Lots of issues are causing me to step down, the major one being my wife’s current battle with cancer.  I’ve made a lot of friends, met a ton of people, and tried to share my fishing knowledge with all of you.   I have had a ball!  Almost 15 years!  It’s been quite a ride for me.  Since 1998 I have been sharing my fishing experiences and knowledge with people around the world.  I will find it difficult to wake up every morning and not be checking and updating my site.

About.com is a great compilation of people – over 900 of them – who have a passion for their subject and a desire to share that passion with the world.  I will miss my friends at About.com, and I will  miss all my online fishing friends who email me regularly, and faithfully read my work.  I have so many people to thank, and the first in that thank-you line is Ronnie Garrison, About.com’s Freshwater Fishing Guide.

Photo © Ron Brooks

Ronnie is the man who got me started not just at About.com, but also writing for several outdoor magazines.  Ronnie – you are the man!

A new guide is standing in the wings to take over and provide new, fresh content and answers to your fishing questions.  I’ve made my recommendation, and the selection process is underway.  Until then, you will still see the site updated and you will still receive the weekly newsletter if you are subscribed.  So, hang in there!  And when the new guide is announced, I encourage all of you to welcome that person the way you always welcomed and encouraged me.

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Winter Fishing Results

Winter fishing has set in around everywhere. King mackerel are being caught off south Florida, and sailfish are jumping in the boat down there. Farther north, vermillion snapper and black sea bass are cooperating in huge numbers on near shore wrecks and reefs… Read more…

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Photo © Ron Brooks

It’s Time to Say "So Long…"

Photo © Ron Brooks

I have been blessed!  I have been the guide here on About.com’s Saltwater Fishing site for almost 15 years.  It has been a thrill, but the time has come for me to hand the reins over to someone else.  Lots of issues are causing me to step down, the major one being my wife’s current battle with cancer.  I’ve made a lot of friends, met a ton of people, and tried to share my fishing knowledge with all of you.   I have had a ball!  Almost 15 years!  It’s been quite a ride for me.  Since 1998 I have been sharing my fishing experiences and knowledge with people around the world.  I will find it difficult to wake up every morning and not be checking and updating my site.

About.com is a great compilation of people – over 900 of them – who have a passion for their subject and a desire to share that passion with the world.  I will miss my friends at About.com, and I will  miss all my online fishing friends who email me regularly, and faithfully read my work.  I have so many people to thank, and the first in that thank-you line is Ronnie Garrison, About.com’s Freshwater Fishing Guide.

Photo © Ron Brooks

Ronnie is the man who got me started not just at About.com, but also writing for several outdoor magazines.  Ronnie – you are the man!

A new guide is standing in the wings to take over and provide new, fresh content and answers to your fishing questions.  I’ve made my recommendation, and the selection process is underway.  Until then, you will still see the site updated and you will still receive the weekly newsletter if you are subscribed.  So, hang in there!  And when the new guide is announced, I encourage all of you to welcome that person the way you always welcomed and encouraged me.

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Choosing the Right Terminal Tackle

Bottom fishing, whether inshore or in deep offshore waters, necessarily means making a choice on the terminal tackle you plan to use. Many anglers catch fewer fish as a result of a poor choice or no choice at all. The right choice depends on the fishing situation at hand… Read more…

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Photo © Ron Brooks

It’s Time to Say "So Long…"

Photo © Ron Brooks

I have been blessed!  I have been the guide here on About.com’s Saltwater Fishing site for almost 15 years.  It has been a thrill, but the time has come for me to hand the reins over to someone else.  Lots of issues are causing me to step down, the major one being my wife’s current battle with cancer.  I’ve made a lot of friends, met a ton of people, and tried to share my fishing knowledge with all of you.   I have had a ball!  Almost 15 years!  It’s been quite a ride for me.  Since 1998 I have been sharing my fishing experiences and knowledge with people around the world.  I will find it difficult to wake up every morning and not be checking and updating my site.

About.com is a great compilation of people – over 900 of them – who have a passion for their subject and a desire to share that passion with the world.  I will miss my friends at About.com, and I will  miss all my online fishing friends who email me regularly, and faithfully read my work.  I have so many people to thank, and the first in that thank-you line is Ronnie Garrison, About.com’s Freshwater Fishing Guide.

Photo © Ron Brooks

Ronnie is the man who got me started not just at About.com, but also writing for several outdoor magazines.  Ronnie – you are the man!

A new guide is standing in the wings to take over and provide new, fresh content and answers to your fishing questions.  I’ve made my recommendation, and the selection process is underway.  Until then, you will still see the site updated and you will still receive the weekly newsletter if you are subscribed.  So, hang in there!  And when the new guide is announced, I encourage all of you to welcome that person the way you always welcomed and encouraged me.

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