5 meditation videos from YouTube you can follow for stress relief and relaxation
Meditation has long been used as a tool to quiet the mind. If you'd like to give it a try, here are some short and efficient YouTube videos devoted to helping you mellow your mind and de-stress.
From weight loss to better sleep, the benefits of meditation are undeniable. Meditation might seem hard or even strange at first, but with a little bit of practice, you can reap the benefits in no time, says Anjali Mittal, a yoga instructor and physical therapist from Delhi. Mittal says that just a few minutes of meditation a day can reduce stress levels, give you more energy and focus, and even decrease bloating by relaxing your digestive system.
"Meditation in general is said to reduce anxiety, stress, and pain as well as improve memory and reduce blood pressure. It can also aid in getting you to sleep better," says Mittal. On top of that, Mittal says meditation can act as an "anchor to ground you" during troubling times. "I'm not saying meditation is the cure-all, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Considering all the health problems linked with elevated stress levels, namely high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, excess cortisol production, and higher risks of heart attack and stroke, the simple truth is that meditation is the greatest stress relief you can give your body," she says.
According to Mittal, the best part of meditation is that you don't have to spend hours a day to feel the effects. Simply carving out five minutes at a time is a great step toward more mindfulness and less anxiety. One study published in The British Psychological Society, in particular, found that adults who meditated for just 10 days had an easier time being productive at work and were much less stressed in general. "Mindfulness intervention was effective in increasing daily levels of mindfulness during work, sleep quality, and sleep duration," the study found. There was also an increased "concentration and awareness."
Mittal says that if you're trying to get into a meditation routine, "pick a time of the day that works for you and stick with it. As long as you do it consistently at the same time, it will be a lot easier." However, Mittal does suggest it's even better if you can meditate first thing in the morning. "This sets you up to feel energised yet calm," she says and you'll be much less likely to take on whatever stress comes to you throughout the day.
If you've never tried it, there's no need to feel intimidated by meditation. As a beginner, you might be skeptical about meditation, but all you need is a little push. "It's hard to focus on your own, but you can get the push you need in the form of guided meditation. Guided meditation walks you through the process and makes it easier to stay in the zone," says Mittal. You can also use apps or, you can check out videos online that can help you de-stress. Whether your goal is to meditate regularly or you simply want something to turn to, when you feel overwhelmed, check out guided meditation videos from YouTube ahead. They're all 15 minutes or less, and some are focused on relieving anxiety specifically, while others are quick ways to calm your thoughts or find inner peace.
1. 14-minute meditation for anxiety
This 14-minute meditation from international yoga teacher Adriene Mishler is all about guiding yourself to a "supported" place — a place where you can notice the emotions that come up and bring a softness to those feelings. The sound of Adriene's voice alone is calming, at least for us, so hopefully, you'll find comfort, too.
2. 15-minute guided meditation to help settle your mind
Juliana from the YouTube channel Boho Beautiful, will take you through a 15-minute meditation for peace and mindfulness. The aim is to help settle your mind. "Peacefully follow my voice, as I will guide you to a place where your own radiant conscious light, your own inner energy, will bring you healing and peace in every way that you need right now," she says at one point.
3. 7-minute meditation to start your day
This is a perfect guided meditation to do in the morning before your day gets hectic. Adriene Mishler encourages openness and also sneaks in some neck stretches.
4. 10-minute meditation for being present
Meditation, in general, is a great way to learn how to be more present with your body, your breath, and, afterwards, your day-to-day moments. You can follow this video from Great Meditation to clear your mind, at any time of the day.
5. 10-minute meditation for inner peace
This is a special Adriene Mishler meditation video focused on helping you connect with your inner self. Here, she gives you a simple mantra: "I choose to let go."