I have been working in the field of education since 2001 and every year (or before every presentation), I feel like I have never taught before. I am nervous to the point that it's almost impossible to sleep well, let alone relax.
To alleviate my symptoms, I have tried guided meditation.
At times, my mind it is comparable to a the track during the Indianapolis 500. There were days and nights during my 20s, where my mind could have fueled NASCAR as well.
Often this racing serves me well. I am a creative thinker and can complete tasks rapidly.
Sometimes though, I end up exhausted and depleted.
For much of my life, I have employed various interventions to cleanse the pallet that is my brain. I have found that the most helpful "medicine" if I am an acute situation is guided meditation.
This not to be confused with meditation. I cannot do regular breathe in breathe out meditation because for some reason it causes my already burning thoughts to turn into a forest fire.
But guided meditation seems to work for me. Occasionally a negative thought or two will invade the meditation, and so I do my best to get rid of it or them. If they won't go away, I will just complete more guided meditations until they do.
And they do.
Below I am listing guided meditations that I have completed. Now the disclaimer: I have no training in this sort of thing. This is not in place of a psychologist or psychiatrist. This also just might not work for you. Also, if you feel suicidal or that you are going to harm yourself or someone else call 911.
As for the people leading the meditations, I have no clue as to whether they are excellent practitioners or total quacks. I cannot endorse them or their beliefs in any way. I can just endorse the particular guided meditation that has helped me break the negative cycle of ruminative thinking.
Tip: Don't watch the video, just listen. Be seated or lie down in a dark room or at least close your eyes. Be comfortable.
If there are guided meditations that you recommend, please include them in the comments section. A friend just recommended www.stopbreathethink.com. I'm going to check it out.