12 Meditation Videos to Watch at Your Desk to De-Stress in 10 Minutes or Less
You'll go from stress to zen in no time.
We’ve all experienced stressful days at work (the understatement of the year). But what if there was a way to take a quick break from the stress and re-center yourself for the rest of your day? Allow us to suggest a little meditation at work. Just by watching an under-10-minute meditation video, you can go from screaming in your bathroom to zen at your keyboard.
More U.S. adults are meditating than ever before—the number jumped up threefold between 2012 and 2017, from 4.1% to 14.2%. And for good reason: Research has shown that regular meditation can not only reduce anxiety and depression, but also ease the effects of irritable bowel syndrome, lower blood pressure, and help stop insomnia. Plus, 10 minutes a day seems to be enough time to see some of these positive effects. In short, meditation is a worthwhile practice.
If you’re nervous because you’ve never meditated before, don’t sweat it—these videos are as simple as pressing play and following some basic cues. So the next time you get a rage-inducing email or have to endure a three-hour meeting that achieves nothing, try an easy meditation video. Inner peace is just a click away.
1. Breathe & Meditate with Faith Hunter
You may know her as Spiritually Fly on Instagram, or you may be a devotee of her podcast series. If you have just a minute or two to get centered, we recommend bookmarking this video and taking a minute to breathe through Hunter’s guided meditation.
2. Mindful Breathing Meditation
This mindful breathing meditation will help you focus on your breath and the way it feels when it moves through your body. It’ll settle your wild thoughts and give you the space you need to de-stress.
3. A 5-Minute Meditation for Working with Trauma
For our A Time to Heal series for PTSD Awareness Month, we partnered with meditation app MyLife to lead a 5-minute meditation for healing from trauma. Head to our Instagram to follow meditation practitioner Judy Tsuei and to redeem a free month of MyLife.
4. 10-Minute Grounding and Meditation for Women of Color
When you need a more grounding meditation exercise, opt for this one by AAPI Women Lead, a movement that helps "identify and share AAPI women-identified, women, and girls’ stories of struggle, survival, and leadership." Adelina Tancioco, founder of Surrendered Healing leads this meditation for women of color who are having issues during coronavirus (COVID-19). During her session, she helps you focus on gratitude and your higher power. It's a great meditation practice when you want to reconnect with yourself and your purpose.
5. 5-Minute Guided Meditation for Stress Relief
This short meditation video will connect you to your body and bring you a deep sense of calm.
6. 3-Minute Stress-Relieving Breathing Meditation
If you have just the tiniest amount of time (maybe you can only pop out for a quick bathroom break), bring your phone and your headphones with you and breathe through this three-minute video.
7. A Meditation for Letting Go
If you’re angry about something and know you need to let it go, this might be the meditation video for you. In less than four minutes, you’ll breathe out some of that anger that’s holding you back.
8. A 1-Minute Meditation for Stress Relief
In this super short video from everyone’s favorite meditation app, Headspace, you’ll be guided through some breath work that will help to soothe your frayed nerves.
9. HG’s Millennial Meditations
For Mental Health Awareness Month, HelloGiggles launched a video series on IGTV called Millennial Meditations; each weekly installment tackles a stressful situation every millennial can relate to. In our first video, above, we help you get centered before asking for a raise. Inhale, exhale, slay.
10. A 10-Minute Mindfulness Meditation
When work becomes unbearably stressful, play this meditation from Calm. For 10 minutes, you'll be able to listen to the soothing sounds of rain while you focus on your breath. Bonus points if you're able to listen to this meditation in a dark room to help you truly rest deeply.
11. A 10-Minute Work Anxiety Affirmation Meditation
When work-life gets chaotic, it's easy to start having imposter syndrome. And if you're not careful, imposter syndrome can lead affect your self-esteem. To prevent this from happening, opt for this meditation practice that's created especially for work anxiety. For 10 minutes, a meditation practitioner lists work-related positive affirmations as you focus on your breath and listen to water running in the background. This is the perfect pick-me-up session you'll need for those tough-to-manage days.
12. 10-Minute Meditation for Anxiety
This soothing meditation focus on how anxiety can alter our reality. Rather than trying to control unstable situations, allow yourself to let go of judgments and focus on the stories and thoughts you can control. After a few minutes, you'll feel more present and calm about the story you're telling yourself when it comes to your job.