Feeling stressed? Unwind with this meditation playlist! It has everything from sessions that are 5 minutes to guided exercises.
This Summer I’ve had the pleasure of spending weekends surrounded by green grass, vegetables and silence Upstate in our garden. Working in a fast paced stressful industry, living in NYC where you are never alone, making sure my 6 babies are taken care of (Husband + Cats) and wondering if my student loan debt will ever disappear leaves me stressed and feeling anxious during the week. Sure, these stress issues are all things I chose for my life, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t contemplate or worry about them from time to time (I never complain about the cats though).
Last year I started meditating, first by myself, then trying some classes, and then settling by myself again, to see if learning correct breathing exercises and focused relaxation could help me. Turns out, meditation works great and I saw immediate results in calmness after just trying a few times. Meditation is a life long process, it’s not as easy as it looks. Focusing your mind on peace and tranquility is hard work, and something I still struggle with when meditating, but practice makes one stronger.
I’ve talked previously about my favorite meditation phone apps that are great but I wanted to share with you a Youtube playlist for meditating. When I first started meditating I went to the library and checked out a bunch of DVDs to learn techniques, so definitely hit up your local library if you’re interested in meditating too!
Here’s my playlist. Some of these are short sessions, while some of these are longer. I tend to have a few favorite meditation videos that I rotate through depending on my mood, how much time I have to spare and what I want to accomplish. I really like guided meditation sessions that let me travel with my mind. I also really like calming sessions without voices that allow me to focus on nothing (or as close to nothing as I can get). Some of these are short (5 minutes), some of these are long (hours) but it’s up to you. Start out short and then try to grow each time. I find it best to meditate either in the morning before anyone wakes up in your house, or at night after I get a shower. It’s important you’re meditating in a quiet place so you can focus your mind and breathing without interruptions or loud noises to interrupt you. Some of these videos are soothing sounds which is also great if you’re having a hard time going to sleep.
I mentioned above that I have a breathing best friend named Spire. I recently started using Spire which is a Mindfulness + Activity Tracker. Spire wearable tracker acts as my personal trainer for mindfulness and mindful living. Every morning I strap it onto my bra or on my pants and throughout the day it monitors my periods of tension, calm or focus.
Spire’s platform learns to anticipate stressful events before they are likely to happen and alerts me with actionable insights on how to prepare and experience more calm in my life. A friendly reminder such as “You are forgetting to breathe” is very beneficial when you are stressing out about a deadline or a conference call.
It’s companion app has integrated calendar, location and photos which gives me context into my well being so I can track my day and see where my stressful spikes or focused areas of calm were. Here’s a example week for me. The Blue parts are focused (need to get better), Green is calm (pretty good) and Red is stressed (need to improve). What’s amazing is that I can go into a specific day and literally see my stress meter spike when I’m in a important meeting or see my calm meter spike when I’m in the garden. Every evening when I meditate I see that it tracks my focused and calm state. I find it really accurate and I’ve been following it’s instructions when it gives me a little buzz to tell me to breathe. On Tuesday I had a stressed day due to work and the tense minutes would have been even higher if I didn’t listen to it as a reminder to take a deep breath.
The app also has a series of boosts that are audio exercises to find states of calm, focus or stress reduction. Besides that, Spire also measures calories, activity and steps so it is a complete Fitness Tracker as well if you are into tracking a range of things.
I hope this post finds you in good spirits and I hope you start to relax soon! Let me know if you enjoy my playlist and keep checking back as I’ll be updating it! Have a great day!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.