What is “relaxing”?
What does that even mean?
Between feeding my two-year-old, cleaning up sippy cup spills, picking up toys, dealing with tantrums, kissing boo-boos, and the entire ordeal of potty training–not to mention tackling the ever-growing pile of laundry–I rarely have a moment to sit down and just fucking breathe.
Grocery shopping. Doctor and dentist appointments. Birthday parties of your friends’ kids that you RSVP’d “yes” to, even though you would literally rather drink a glass of bleach than be stuck in a room full of running, shrieking small children for two hours.
It can be overwhelming.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of meditation. It’s great for concentration, focus, and deep relaxation. I love meditating, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. Self-care is especially important when you’re raising a tiny human.
You can’t take care of everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself.
There are hundreds of meditation videos on YouTube*, but I’ve compiled a list of my favorites–just for you. Feel free to use them anytime you need to chill the fuck out.
(It goes without saying, but I highly suggest using headphones if little ears are present.)
“Just feel the fucking nonsense float away.”
This one is great when you’re short on time. Take a few moments to “breathe in strength, breathe out bullshit.”
“Will these affirmations help you grow personally and spiritually? Fuck yes.”
Slightly longer, but even more awesome. Affirmations are phrases that, when repeated daily, have the ability to change the way you think. They can literally re-wire your brain. Cool, right? What makes this video even better is that it’s by PowerThoughts Meditation Club, a popular meditation channel with 263 videos and over 517,000 followers. They’re pretty legit. The echoed “fuck yes” in this particular video is GOLD.
“Perfection is bullshit.”
This video takes the time to explain the emotional benefits of swearing. After that, enjoy some guided breathing exercises with an affirmation sprinkled here and there. The way she says “fuck it” is the best thing about this one.
“Why? Well, because I fucking can. That’s why.”
Also from PowerThoughts Meditation Club, this video is my favorite. The 305 people who disliked it are lying to themselves. It’s a full-length meditation, complete with drumming sounds and binaural beats (frequencies that cause changes in your brain) and the affirmations are priceless. This one is perfect for those days that require an extra boost of motivation.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list. Let me know which video is your favorite in the comments!
*I do not own any rights to these videos, I just think they’re hilarious.