Imagery technique, also known as guided therapeutic imagery, visualization, and mental rehearsal, is often used in stress management as it is the utilization of imagination to be in a relaxed state.
For instance, a person who is about to deliver a speech is feeling quite anxious; he may then imagine that he is with serene nature, he can hear the melodious chirping of birds, envision the placid lake, and smell the sweet pine breeze. Such mental exercises are grounded on the mind-body connection and therapists often use this approach by using verbal prompts to invoke a relaxed state among their clients. This practice is also used in sports psychology in helping athletes enhance their motivation and focus. Guided therapeutic imagery has also been used in treating serious illnesses like cancer and other ailments that cause chronic pain.