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Guided Meditation & Relaxation

Guided meditation and relaxation exercises can instill a sense of peace and wellbeing and reduce stress, pain, and anxiety during medical treatment or a hospital stay.

Weekly Meditation Group

A meditation group is held from 12:00PM to 12:30PM on Mondays at the Meditation Room at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, located down the blue pathway past the Tisch Hospital elevators. The Meditation Room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for prayer and quiet reflection. Ask your nurse if you need assistance getting to the Meditation Room. The weekly meditation is offered in collaboration with Chaplaincy Services.

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation exercises can help reduce stress while you or a loved one are undergoing medical care.

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 three- or nine-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.

Relaxation Cards

We also offer step-by-step written instructions on focused breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery. Cards are available in English, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.

Breathing Exercises

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.