There are many occasions when you are ill that you have to face unpleasant procedures and treatment, especially when in hospital. If you concentrate on what is happening to you, it is bound to feel even more awful. Having MRI brain scans can be very scary.
It is hard to force your mind to think of pleasant thoughts to take your mind off what is happening to you – but it is possible. You will be amazed at how good the mind is at moving your body and soul to a new level of acceptance and tolerance.
You can think back to lovely things that happened while you were a child; or perhaps think of your beloved pets; maybe remember what it was like when you got a promotion or won an award. Our brain has stored lots of good memories in the subconscious; it is up to you to bring them back to your conscious state.
When I had the first of my MRI brain scans, it was pretty daunting. There were many patients that just could not accept the trauma of the small space and deafening noise and had to be sedated. I sort of sedated myself by thinking of my lovely Cavalier King Charles dog, Cooper. I am training him for TV work and photo shoots. During my first MRI, I worked out a whole new training sequence to teach him a new trick!
If you want to know more about MRI you will find a whole chapter titled ‘MRI Madness’ in my book.
Tips and Hints
Surround yourself with happy thoughts when having to face unpleasant experiences during your illness. Let your brain take control of the unpleasant actions and replace them with happy ones.