What is Guided Meditation?

Meditation has long since been touted as the answer to many of our everyday problems. We’ve heard about the countless benefits of meditation that range from physical, mental, as well as behavioral. There are more types of meditation practiced in this world today than we can count. One of them is Guided Meditation. 

What is Guided Meditation?

As the name suggests, guided meditation, is a type of meditative practice that is guided or directed by an experienced mentor who aid an individual through the meditative journey to reach the deep state of thoughtful awareness that is only possible via meditation.

How does it Work?

Guided meditation is a form of relaxation that is mediated by the guidance of a trained professional. This guidance can be provided either in person through a visual or verbal instruction, or via any of the media modalities such as sound recordings, videos, written texts, or a combined mixture of all.

Normally people find it difficult to attain that perfect balance of thoughtless awareness that is necessary for meditation on their own. Guided meditation works by the meditator sitting or laying down in a comfortable position while they are lead through a series of different audios or visual directives that are designed to allow you conscious and subconscious mind to relax one step at a time. 

Guided meditation may be used for a variety of reasons such as personal growth and empowerment, emotional development or healing, for stress relief, improved sleep, decreasing anxiety and increased positivity, etc.  It is an aided method of achieving deepest levels of relaxation, to provide perspective along with the opportunity to rejuvenate yourself. A guided meditation session, depending on your needs and the method you choose, can range from as short as 10 minutes, to as long as an hour.

 As a Burbank therapist one of my favorite meditations to teach my clients is Body Scan by Jon Kabat-Zinn. You can download a Body Scan Meditation app in most phone app stores or find a Body Scan guided meditation on YouTube.

3 Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be quite debilitating. They can be overwhelming, stressing, and can shatter your self-confidence to the point where they stop you from living a normal life. Therapy is an effective way to reduce anxiety.  There are also are some practical steps that can  help you reduce your anxiousness so that you may feel more in control.

 Here are the top three ways to tackle your anxiety:

Recognize Your Limitations

Anxiety is almost always triggered by something. To be able to reduce your anxiety you have to learn how to control it, and you can only do so if you know what, where and how it escalates. Focus on the feeling of anxiousness within yourself and recognize where it’s coming from. Often certain thoughts or feelings can be under the surface that trigger anxiety. Once you recognize these thoughts or feelings, you’ll be able to take responsibility for your emotions, know your limitations, and prevent things from deteriorating to their worst.

Take a Time Out

One of the best ways to reduce anxiety is to find a way to take a step back from the circumstances that cause or heighten it. If you feel like your issues are threatening to overwhelm you, take a time out, a moment to yourself. It doesn’t matter whether it just ten minutes in the middle of a busy day to just breathe in and out, or to take up meditation, getting a massage, going for a run, or indulging in any other mindless activity or chore that separates and distracts you from the source of your problems.

Sleep Well

Mental health and wellbeing can be affected by a lack of sleep. It’s quite ironic actually because anxiety and lack of sleep seem to be caught in a vicious circle, in that when you’re anxious you cannot sleep, and your lack of sleep can increase your anxiety. Hence the reason why therapists, counselors, and mental health experts insists you double your efforts to ensure a good night’s rest. Go to bed early, use aromatherapy to induce sleep, reduce your caffeine in-take, and indulge in long hot baths or whatever else that aids your sleep for at least 8 hours. A well-rested mind is a less anxious, calm and controlled mind.

 A Burbank Therapist can help you learn more steps to reduce therapy.  Contact us today to learn more, 310-854-3638