07/20/2012 07:36 am ET | Updated Sep 19, 2012

Melt Away Your Stress in Just Over 10 Minutes

We live in a fast-paced world, and balancing the demands of daily life can be pretty stressful. Deadlines, financial responsibilities, testy managers and gridlock can all cultivate an environment of chronic stress that can have adverse effects on your health. While a certain degree of stress is to be expected, letting it control you just isn't good for you! A really simple way to help you stay balanced and get back to center can be easily experienced through guided relaxation.

Guided relaxation practices provide a simple coping mechanism to help deal with the effects of chronic tension. These exercises can be practiced nearly everywhere and provide a healthy option for managing the effects of stress and anxiety. Specifically, the Mayo Clinic's online guide to stress management states that guided relaxation techniques can be used to release muscle tension, lower blood pressure and slow the heart and breath rates.

This week, I've collaborated with award-winning contemporary acoustic artist Meg Hutchinson to create an 11-minute guided relaxation practice that you can do at home. Practice it for a week and watch the stress melt away!

Stressed out? Check out the guided meditation practice below.

Audio: David Magone
Piano: Meg Hutchinson
*Meg Hutchinson appears courtesy of Red House Records

For more by David Magone, click here.

For more on meditation, click here.