Free, online audio resources for mindfulness meditation and body awareness sessions?
Hi. I'm already in therapy to keep working on longstanding anxiety issues*, especially related to hypervigilance. To be brief, my therapist and I are working together on cognitive restructuring stuff, and I am probably going to go in for a psychiatric consult for a diagnostic session (and possible medication) in the near future. A lot of what we are doing is going to utilize mindfulness-based approaches, especially since they really do seem to help with certain acute anxiety issues that crop up.
The thing is: due to a scheduling thing, we are working through a mini therapy break, which means I won't be able to meet with either my therapist or a psychiatrist until the very end of the month or early next month. I have one body awareness meditation audio session to work on during this time, but I am experiencing a lot of additional stress and escalating anxiety, some of which is being triggered by a stressful personal situation that has popped up and requires my ongoing attention during this time.
A part of me kind of wants to go to my GP and ask for a prescription to help deal with the extra anxiousness, but I feel that is an action that is probably best saved for the upcoming consult. So I was wondering whether you know of any online resources for guided meditations and/or mindfulness/body awareness sessions. Basically, anything that can help me during this downtime to reign in and work on what appears to be rapidly accelerating anxiety.
In particular, I am looking for:
- sessions grounded in mindfulness techniques, but that take a mindful therapeutic approach (as opposed to a straight-up buddhist approach: I am not religious at all, and the heavily buddism-oriented stuff makes me feel like I'm in church, which makes me check out)
- sessions that I can only describe as calm, but straightfoward (as opposed to some of the more woo-sounding stuff that I've encountered in the past that seems to get a bit silly with the "calm blue ocean" imagery, as that either makes me giggle or makes me really annoyed)
- audio or video clips, as opposed to text-based resources (I already have a stack of books I can't read, due to concentration issues, but sitting with a really good audio session for 10-20 minutes seems to be more doable)
I saw this
, but some of the links were broken or outdated, and some didn't seem to fit the characteristics that I am looking for.
Any resources that you know of that might help me work positively on myself during this break would be awesome, especially anything that will help me manage free-floating anxiety that is being made worse by some unfun situational stuff. There are sites that come up in a google search, but it's time-consuming to slog through the unprofessional, ineffective, or just not-my-style clips in an attempt to find something really great; I want to hear about any resources that you've used successfully.
* If it helps, let's just say I am working that issues that are connected to chronic PTSD