Type “Guided Meditation” into your YouTube search bar and revel in the numerous videos of men and women with thick accents speaking barely above a whisper.
Appreciate their attempts to guide your breathing and your mind into effortless synchronization and ease. Now, allow yourself to follow their instructions and let your muscles relax – releasing tension from your toes to your jaw – while the stress of the day disappears.
Frankly, guided meditation – when someone walks you through meditation – is a weird practice. Having someone whisper in my ear as I try to fall asleep? Not something I would typically enjoy.
But with page long to-do lists weighing me down and a digital dimension keeping distance between me and the speaker, I’ve grown to really enjoy – and sometimes rely on – these videos.
They’re not meant to make you quack like a duck or anything crazy – this is not hypnosis – but, instead, help you take a step back from reality. When the hassle of everyday, college life makes it so I can’t fall asleep, these whisperers help me regain focus and unwind. Not to mention, the at-home access makes it easier to get comfortable and is super convenient.
It’s even been proven that meditation can lead to a lower heart rate, stress levels and deeper relaxation, according to Gaiam Life, a website all about healthy and happy living.
I’m not saying every video can do the trick; you have to figure out which ones are right for you. Maybe you prefer a man speaking instead of a woman; maybe you prefer something more spiritual. Whatever it is, I promise there’s a video for it.
So, if you’ve got stress coming out the wazoo, give guided meditation a try. You’ll feel a little silly at first, but once you can get over the initial awkwardness, I’m sure you’ll find yourself to be very happy and well-rested.