Guided Imagery Helps College Students with Anxiety
BR got this note from the mom of a college sophomore at The University of Chicago, who suffers from anxiety but who was very skeptical of guided imagery as a self-regulation solution for her troubles.
I learned so much from attending your workshop on Healing Trauma in Bethesda a few weeks ago! Thank you for an interesting, information-packed presentation. Little did I know that shortly after this workshop I would get my 19-year-old daughter to try your imagery. Over Thanksgiving she was home from the University of Chicago where she is a sophomore. Where she goes to college probably tells you what kind of person she is--smart, driven, perfectionistic, etc. etc.
She is thriving at The U of C, but has struggled with anxiety since her
high school years. Over Thanksgiving she actually talked to me about
when and how she experiences the anxiety and I (not for the 1st time)
suggested she try some guided imagery. I''m so glad you have all those
studies accessible on your website, because she is a scientist and
skeptical! She took the Relieve Stress CDs back to school with her.
One evening I get a call. She''s eating dinner with 2 of her friends and the three of them had listened to the CD during the exam reading period and were raving about how great it was! I kept thinking they were pulling my leg, but I eventually concluded they were sincere.
Of course when I asked her a few days later whether she was listening regularly, the response was that she didn''t have time! I hope she gets into a habit of listening at least once a day when the new quarter starts in January. And I am giving her friends their own copies of your Stress CD!
I have this fantasy of your imagery being somehow being subliminally piped into the dorm or the library!
Anyway, thought you''d like to know that there may be a whole untapped market out there among stressed out college students!
[Editor’s note: The University of Chicago was BR’s alma mater too. She wants your daughter to know that she too loved her education there, but found the exciting, intellectually stimulating, super-brainy atmosphere to be saturated with anxiety 40 years ago, too!]