As you know, I have been going through a particularly difficult period in my life recently and at times I have felt depressed, anxious and physically/mentally exhausted. When I feel like this I know that the greatest thing I can do to support myself is to meditate either by using a mindful breathing technique or by listening to guided meditations.
I find that meditation gives me a break from any negativity I feel and it actually shifts my consciousness so that I can view life in a more positive way, which in turn eases my depression/anxiety/exhaustion; sometimes, it eradicates it completely.
I have collated 10 of my favourite guided meditations, all of which are free on YouTube. No matter what troubles you face in your life, or even if you simply seek some quiet relaxation time for yourself, there is a guided meditation that would be perfect for you.
Have a flick through the list and see which one you are drawn to.
1. Chakra Sleep Meditation (Healing & Cleansing)
Length: 35 minutes (22 minutes guided meditation + 13 minutes relaxing music)
What I love about it: I created this meditation to help all those who need assistance sleeping and need to rebalance their chakras. Whenever I do this meditation, I really feel as though I have cleansed the energy in my body and recharged all of the chakra energy points within me.
I finished this and felt: Complete/whole, empowered. I had such a deep sleep.
Perfect for those who: Want to sleep peacefully and awaken revitalised for the day with energy fully recharged. Or anyone who requires powerful healing or cleansing of their energy system.
2. To Ease Anxiety, Worry and Urgency
Length: 10 minutes
What I love about it: The music itself is so beautiful and the speaker’s voice is sweet, loving and angelic.
I finished this and felt: As if an angel had scooped me up into their arms and cuddled all my troubles away.
Perfect for those who: Feel overwhelmed or anxious.
3. The Five Minute Miracle
Length: 5 minutes
What I love about it: It only takes 5 little minutes to remember to think positive, loving thoughts about ourselves and the world.
I finished this and felt: Mindful – I remembered I was the power in my world and I could choose to make my day/life amazing.
Perfect for those who: Want a quick daily reminder to be mindful and to empower themselves to live a joyful, loving life.
4. Guided Sleep Meditation – Forest
Length: 26 minutes (16 minutes guided meditation + 10 minutes relaxing music)
What I love about it: This enchanted forest is a very special place. When I listen to it, I feel as though the entire woodland is taking care of me, nurturing and holding me. It is easy to fall asleep in this ultra tranquil place.
I finished this and felt: Nurtured, safe and calm – I slept so well!
Perfect for those who: Are in need of a beautiful night’s sleep, free of all worries and fears.
5. For Self Esteem and Acceptance, Anxiety and Depression
Length: 21 minutes
What I love about it: How wonderful this makes you feel about yourself and about life. Her voice is exotic and transports you to a safe, beautiful place.
I finished this and felt: Optimistic, loving towards myself and others.
Perfect for those who: Want to boost self esteem and feel optimistic.
6. In Transition – Endings and New Beginnings
Length: 60 minutes
What I love about it: This raises your vibration and opens your awareness up to the Universe’s greater plan for you.
I finished this and felt: As though my life is guided by a loving Universe and that everything is unfolding perfectly.
Perfect for those who: Need to trust and flow with the changes in their life.
7. Powerfully Transformative Anxiety Meditation
Length: 16 minutes
What I love about it: The blue light in this meditation is extremely powerful and has a feeling of being in one of those spa floatation baths – so relaxing! It works quickly to transform all anxiety into peace and inner-calm.
I finished this and felt: Supported, fearless and so peaceful.
Perfect for those who: Need to let go of all their stress and anxiety and feel deeply calm again.
8. For Insomnia, Sleepless Nights
Length: 62 minutes
What I love about it: How calming this is when you can’t sleep and how much it supports you to drift back off.
I finished this and felt: Asleep!
Perfect for those who: Are suffering with insomnia or are afraid of not sleeping.
9. Healing the Body, Mind & Spirit
Length: 40 minutes
What I love about it: This really does profound healing on a cellular level and I believe we could all benefit from listening to this meditation as it is deeply relaxing and attracts abundance.
I finished this and felt: Deeply relaxed, healed.
Perfect for those who: Require healing, relaxation and positive affirmations.
10. Forgiveness, Releasing Guilt and Letting Go
Length: 13 minutes
What I love about it: I love this angelic voice and how beautifully this meditation helps us to let go of unwanted baggage.
I finished this and felt: Free and light, I forgave myself and made peace with my past.
Perfect for those who: Need to release guilt, forgive themselves and others, let go of the past.
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11. Powerful Abundance Meditation – Manifest Your Dreams!
Length: 16 minutes
What I love about it: You realise the creative powerful you have within you! You visualise every aspect of the life you want and you create it.
I finished this and felt: As though I had done a very powerful meditation – excited, energised and incredibly happy.
Perfect for those who: Want to manifest the life of their dreams.
12. Guided Meditation: Deep Relaxation & Bliss
Length: 14 minutes
What I love about it: This is a short meditation which will very quickly relax you and create a place of stillness within you.
I finished this and felt: Peaceful, calm, centred.
Perfect for those who: Need quick stress-relief.
13. Letting Go Meditation – Freedom from all Limitations!
Length: 22 minutes
What I love about it: Letting go feels easy in this meditation.
I finished this and felt: Liberated, light.
Perfect for those who: Wish to release limiting beliefs and trapped emotions.
Don’t wait to start meditating. No matter your experience, you can find a pair of earphones and give yourself a few minutes of treasured ‘you’ time that you so deserve. I promise you wont regret it!