Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Stress and Wellness

Most of us know that, while some stress is good for most of us – after all, it keeps the engines tuned, energizes peak performance and makes life interesting - an overload of stress can be paralyzing. And chronic stress can wear down the immune system, impede daily functioning, muddy thinking, and impair relationships.

Sometimes we get so used to chronic stress, it feels normal to us, and we no longer notice it – that’s when we’re at risk of getting run down, developing a chronic pain condition, or just doing dumber than usual stuff, to ourselves and others.

It just makes good sense to find smart ways to manage stress on a day to day basis.

This is where guided imagery for relaxation and meditation for stress management come in. These are easy, reliable ways to access that concurrently running "calm channel" within, that’s just a flip of the dial away.

We forget it’s there. But skillfully made, user-friendly, meditation and wellness resources can tune us back to that inner peace channel once we’ve realized that we’ve drifted off to one of our twitchier stations.

So that’s the good news. And here’s more good news: you don’t have to be an experienced meditator to benefit from stress management meditation. You just need the right materials, a little bit of time, and enough athletic ability to press "play".

Those self-calming materials can be guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, yoga, breathwork, qigong – anything that absorbs and stills the mind.

We’ve worked hard to collect some of the best materials out there, backed by research and clinical experience. We’re pretty confident you can trust our persnickety taste. Your job is simply to listen to some samples, to find a voice, content and style that suits you.

Our most popular guided imagery for relaxation is Our most popular guided imagery for relaxation is Relieve Stress, Relaxation & Wellness, and Healthful Sleep. People who prefer guided meditation for relaxation go for the impeccable work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Andy Weil, Erin Olivo, Jack Kornfield, Joan Borysenko and Bodhipaksa.

Those who like to get their meditation for stress management through hypnosis will enjoy the superb work of Traci Stein, David Illig, Steve Gurgevich and Emmett Miller.

For fidgeters and people who need to move, we have soothing walking meditation, yoga and tai chi. And of course there is breathwork and affirmations for those who prefer the simplicity and user-friendliness of these quick-acting techniques.

Veterans and military service personnel tend to like Stress Hardiness Optimization and Healing Trauma.

Bible-based Christians appreciate the Tranquilities Series. We have some terrific resources geared to children and teens, too.

We also have programs specifically for people who suffer from fear of flying, panic attacks, PTSD and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Remember: the key is to develop a regular practice with one or two of these excellent methods, so you have a baseline skill to fall back on when the going gets rough and you feel the stress starting to build up again.. This will help you nip it in the bud. It’s really not that hard – it only seems that way when you’re stressed!

Visit our Explore Your Options page if you want more information about the different practices

And read our blog post if you want our comprehensive list of tips for managing stress.