Setting a positive intention can help you prepare for your ketamine session by getting you in the right state of mind for the treatment. An intention acts as a guide to keep you on track during your ketamine journey, especially if you encounter any uncomfortable feelings or emotions.
It’s important to keep in mind that an intention is not the same as a goal. Goals focus on a specific outcome or a result that you want to achieve in the future. They are often based on factors that are outside of your direct control. Intentions, on the other hand, are about choosing the mindset and attitude that will best serve you during your treatments.
An intention does not carry any expectations. It removes the pressure of having to meet a goal. An intention focuses, instead, on connecting your thoughts with how you want to feel. For example, if you keep focusing on what you don’t have in life, you will always feel like you are missing out, and remain stuck in a negative mindset.
To set an intention, choose a word, phrase or question that helps you focus on how you want to feel.
Examples of intentions that you could set are:
"I intend to look for the good around me."
" I intend to overcome my challenges with a positive mind”
"I intend to accept myself just the way I am."
"I intend to be calm, and let go of my fear and guilt."
"I intend to be grateful for what I have."
"I intend to live for today, not for yesterday or tomorrow."
"I intend to see each day as a gift."
"I intend to focus on my choices, rather than my problems."
Alternatively, you could choose a single word for your intention, such as "courage", "calm", "acceptance", "grateful" or "choice".
Ultimately, there are no right or wrong intentions. Whatever intention you choose, it's key to keep it specific and focused on what you want, rather than what you don't want. When you have decided on one to two intentions for your ketamine session, write them down.
When your ketamine treatment is over, you can reflect, journal or even draw the insights and discoveries that you made. You can discuss your newfound awareness with a friend, relative or therapist to help you gain a new perspective. Developing a habit of regularly setting positive intentions will help you take control of your life and create positive change.
Need some help? At Ketamine Health, you will have the opportunity to discuss and clarify your intentions, as well as your insights, with one of our experienced psychotherapists.