Guided Meditation & Relaxation
Relaxation, breathing exercises, and yoga can instill a sense of peace and wellbeing and reduce stress, pain, and anxiety during medical treatment or a hospital stay. Due to 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our integrative health group programs are paused at this time. The following resources can be accessed while in the hospital or recovering at home.
Relaxation Videos and Recordings
During the hospital stay, a selection of relaxation videos and recordings is available on some televisions. You can also call our hotline at 212-404-3800 for 3- or 9-minute recorded guided relaxation exercises. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be accessed either while in the hospital or at home.
We offer step-by-step written instructions on focused breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery. Relaxation cards are available in English, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.
Breathing exercises can be done anywhere, at any time, making them one of the easiest types of relaxation exercises. Try this simple breathing technique: While breathing in and out slowly and steadily, focus your mind on an intention such as relaxation, calmness, or letting go of negative thoughts. Imagine seeing your intention in big, bold letters in your mind, or silently or softly say the word to yourself as you exhale.