Use this relaxation meditation to release tension, stress, fear and anxiety – and bring a little sumptuous bliss into your body. This practice is ideal for winding down after a long, hard day.
Ever feel like you just can’t relax?
If we’re constantly go-go-go, it can be super difficult to wind down, chill out and completely let go at the end of the day. It can be even more difficult if we’ve got other responsibilities waiting for us; if we need to cook dinner and clean up, for example (boooooo!), or if we’ve got some kind of evening soirée to attend.
But if we don’t take the time to release stress and the tension in our bodies, we end up carrying it around with us, like a backpack full of stones.
Each day, with every stressful experience, we’ll be adding more and more stones to the backpack. At some point, we’ll reach breaking point – and our body will give out under the weight of it all (um, hello, burnout).
A great way to combat this cumulative tension is to practice a quick relaxation meditation. All you need is 10 minutes to take some time out for yourself.
Get ready to lay down, get cosy, and allow all your stress to simply melt away.
Wind down, melt stress, sleep better
Not only is this relaxation meditation great for releasing tension, it’s also amazing to practice right before bed – especially if your mind feels too busy, or if you usually have trouble sleeping.
Often, our minds seem to go bananas just as our head hits the pillow. It’s as though our minds just don’t want to switch off, even though our bodies feel exhausted.
This practice will give your mind something to focus on, so it can begin to settle and get on your body’s wavelength.
Release: 10 minute relaxation meditation practice
If you haven’t meditated before, check out The Ultimate Guide To Meditation For Beginners to get started.
In this practice, we’ll be becoming aware of our bodies, allowing the strength of the earth to support us and gently dissolve any tension we’ve been carrying.
If possible, lay down for this one, so you can really let go and surrender.
Here’s how to do it
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1. Find a comfortable place to lay down, preferably on a bed or yoga mat, and set a timer for 10 minutes, if you’re practicing unguided.
2. Connect to how your body feels in this moment. Scan your body from head to toe, noticing any areas of discomfort or tension.
3. Experiment with using your inhale to breathe into any areas of discomfort or tension you find, and the exhale to breathe out from the area (imagining it softening, opening, and releasing). Repeat this for any areas you discover, observing any changes in sensation.
4. Visualise each contact point where your body meets the bed (or mat, or floor) becoming liquid, and all that no longer serves you begins to flow out into the ground beneath you.
5. Imagine the earth absorbing all these tensions, fears, stresses and anxieties, and turning them into love.
Feel free to repeat this relaxation meditation whenever you need to take some time out for yourself and allow the earth to absorb your stress (it can handle it, trust me!).
Over to you – what else helps you to wind down on an evening or before bed? Share your top tips in the comments below!