To say we are in challenging times in an understatement. So many of us are stuck inside, watching the news way to much and wondering just how bad things will get. This of course increases our level of stress and worry which in turn causes our adrenal glands to produce adrenalin. When we stay stressed for a long period of time, our adrenal glands can become depleted and this then makes us feel even more worn out, tired and less resourceful.
In order to avoid this state of adrenal trickle (where you adrenal glands are constantly active) you need to take regular breaks from stress. One of the best ways to do this is to listen to a Tracks To Relax Nap or Bedtime meditation. These meditations can distract your mind and relax you deeply so you can enter into a parasympathetic state. This is the state of rest and repair where your body can replenish it's resources instead of depleting them.
Luckily as human beings we have imaginations and that allow us to pretend that we are somewhere else, doing something fun or relaxing. We can imagine a future when this event is a thing of the past and life gets back to "Normal". We can imagine ourselves having a massage at the beach, or walking along the Ocean shore collecting shells or doing just about anything else that's relaxing.
With a soothing voice and wonderful meditation experiences, we can help you relax deeply. Whether you join our online family by becoming a patron on Patreon, or just listen to our free podcast, our meditations can help you take that break you need. It's like a hug for your mind in a challenging time.
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Well for now, this existence we call life, is a whole new ball game. Here in the great white north and pretty much anywhere north of Virginia, the weather is still cool and snowy or rainy, so it’s not all that enjoyable to get outside. That will change soon and this social distancing thing will become a little less isolating. Plus we’re all bound to get used to the idea after the first month or two of this Covid-19 right?
Virtual Walks and Runs
So lately I (Alan) have been running on the treadmill for exercise and playing music while doing so (thank you Spotify). Recently I started also watching Virtual Runs on YouTube while running. It’s surprising how easy it is to trick your brain into thinking your doing something you’re not actually doing. One of the runs is along a pathway that leads along the shorelines of a Hawaiian Island and it’s amazing how uplifting it is and how much it felt like I was outside running! If you can’t get outside right now and you want the illusion of being there, try a virtual walk on youtube and immerse yourself in the experience. Even if you’re just walking in place, or sitting down and watching it on your TV or at your computer, I think it might help you feel better!
Here are two virtual walks/runs we enjoy:
What’s a married or any couple to do when everything is closed and you’re stuck at home? Have a date night in! Make a special dinner together and then get dressed up in fancy clothes, play some lovely music and even have a dance! After dinner, retreat to your TV room for a movie and be sure to make some popcorn too! Nikki’s been making some home made fruit rollups with fresh strawberries and other fruit and since we don’t have any NIBS, these fruit rollups will be on the snack menu too. We love movies with tropical settings, like Captain Ron, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 50 First Dates and Into The Blue. Choose something fun that you know you’ll enjoy and forget about everything else except that special person for awhile. Our new WiFi connected lights in the bedroom will be in OCEAN Mode to finish off the evening. ;)
We love the Wii. We know there are more up to date video game systems out there, but the Wii lets us bowl at home. If you have friends that still have a Wii and you can video chat with them, it might be fun to have a virtual Wii bowling night. Play three games for top average and have fun almost like you would if you were together. and the bonus? You won’t need to worry about your friends drinking all your beer! :)
Another thing we are doing to keep busy is dehydrating stuff! When I say we, I mean Nikki because I’m just mainly eating the stuff that she has dehydrated! We recently bought a food dehydrator and have been shredding and dehydrating potatoes to make hash browns, making dried fruit, zucchini slices with taco seasoning and are about to make our own beef jerky. We may be stuck inside, but our goal is to never run out of healthy snacks! Plus it’s a great way to preserve your perishables.
We hope you are finding creative ways to keep busy and take your mind off all the negativity right now. We’re going to be releasing a couple of daytime sessions over the next few days so that when you want to take a break you can with a wonderful NAP Meditation.
You can now search our meditations on Patreon using your Browser (not the patreon app) at www.patreon.com/trackstorelax You’ll now see a new search box at the top right. If you want to get started wth some of the NAP Sessions we already have you can find them by entering the search word “nap”. We’re going to release a daytime version of “Riding out the storm” so you can use that session during the day or at night as well.
Don’t forget to end your day with a Tracks To Relax Sleep Meditation! Sleep is one of the cornerstones of health and wellness. Getting a good night’s sleep can help boost your immune system, improve your mood and give you the energy you need to stay positive!
We'll be here, continuing to create for you. Take care everyone and stay safe!
Sending you peace and love,
Alan & Nikki
Happy March everyone! Spring is just around the corner and we’re getting geared up
to release some new and exciting projects that we’ve been working on over the
winter months. There’s been a lot happening with us and we want to take this opportunity to bring you all up to date.
We have finally finished the recording studio! It was a learning process installing a drop ceiling and sound insulation for the first time. It took some time to complete but we’re really happy with the way it turned out. We’ve used wifi connected pot lights that can change colour with the Alexa app. So if we are recording a meditation about a beautiful summer meadow, we can make the room green. If we’re making a session about water, we can change the room to blue. It definitely helps us be in the right mood for the meditation we’re working on and we hope that comes through in all of the new meditations to come.
With spring around the corner, we’ll be able to get out and do nature recordings for some more “Speechless” sessions for Gold Patrons. Now that we live in the country we have several great spots to do some recording, including a couple of nearby waterfalls for some great white noise sessions.
Meditations in the works:
Pain Mitigation - Get temporary relief from pain and discomfort as you relax and fall
asleep. This session uses powerful self hypnosis techniques to help you feel
comfortable and disassociate from the discomfort.
Attract What You Want - It’s easier to use the law of attraction when you clearly
define and visualize what you want to attract! This sleep meditation will help you
relax and focus on what you want while you fall asleep.
Give Less F#!KS - Do you take on other people problems, issues or challenges? Do
you worry about things you can’t do anything about? Stop giving so many F#!ks and
get re-focused on your own stuff! You’ll enjoy feeling a lot less burdened and relaxed
after you listen to this powerful guided sleep meditation.
Did you know that TracksToRelax is on Instagram? That’s okay, we’re still learning
about social media ourselves. Come visit us to see what goes on behind the
microphone. You’ll not only be able to sample meditations as they are released,
you’ll see how we put the meditations together, listen in on upcoming meditations,
catch the latest sleep comic, watch funny outtakes, as well as little blurbs to help you
get to know us a littler better. You can also read our public blog at www.TracksToRelax.com/sleepblog
New Ways To Subscribe
We’re pretty excited to announce that membership to Tracks To Relax is now
available on YouTube. Yes! You can now become a premium member on YouTube
by visiting www.BedtimeMeditations.com. Membership is available at the Bronze,
Silver or Gold level and you’ll get access to the same great meditations you do at the
equivalent level on Patreon. We are still in the process of uploading our complete
sleep meditation library to YouTube and we expect this to be completed over the
next week or so.
Additionally, you can also subscribe to our Premium Podcast on Libsyn at
www.TracksToRelax.NET Memberships here are at the Gold Level at $9.99 per
month and there’s also an option to join for 3 months at $24.95 which offers a
savings of about $5.
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What our listeners are saying
I use a Tracks to Relax meditation every night when going to sleep. I love deciding
on which meditation to use every night. I vary them depending on mood. I have lost
some weight and resolved some health issues recently, so I started yoga again last
week. Thursday I went for the second time. Had a blast. Started walking to my car
and thought... oh, I must have pulled a muscle. Nope. 9 hours later after a trip in an
ambulance to the hospital I was home diagnosed with a kidney stone... my first.
I didn't really sleep that first night because of the meds I took. I sat in a chair and just
tried to doze., but once it was gone and I was needing to get back to normal sleep
on Friday, I felt rather nervous about trying to sleep. I was afraid I would wake up in
pain again. So I picked a very comforting to me meditation (I honestly don't
remember which one) and slept just fine.
Sleep has been good since then, If I wake in the middle of the night, which I do given
the intake in water I'm drinking now, I pick another to listen to to go back to sleep.
I'm kind of frustrated that I don't know what happens in most of the meditations
because I fall asleep long before the end. But I am so thankful to have them.
Thank you. - Ellen
I began listening to this podcast at the beginning of this year. Never have I found
someone with such a calming & relaxing voice to listen to before. I was so
impressed that I joined as a silver patron & have been enjoying listening so much
you don't even know. Last October I sustained an injury, coming home in complete
darkness, and tripping and falling down on my face on the pavement. I could literally
see nothing, and my foot got caught on something and I fell.
It turned out I ended up getting a concussion, and with it a lot of pain, anxiety, worry,
and stress on my mind and body. Worry and anxiety would flood my body in the
middle of the night, and for quite a while I could find nothing to prevent it or to help
me. Then I found this podcast, and every time I play a meditation or podcast, it is so
relaxing that I am usually out within seconds. For a healing mind and body the rest
and relaxation is so very important.
I am so Grateful that I found this podcast. It has become a key part of my healing
journey, and I make sure to mention TTR as often as possible in order to help this
podcast gain followers, and to guide people to help themselves on their own healing
journeys whatever they might look like. Thank you so much again, what you do is So
very appreciated. - Bee
My husband and I fall asleep to your voice every night. I have my favourites (without
crickets or birds) that are 30 minutes or longer. I have listened to many relaxation
recordings before I found you, and now I don’t have to search any further. Thank you
so much for your work. - Laurie
We can’t thank you enough for your kind words & having the courage to share your
struggles and stories with us. Thank you !
Thanks again to all of you for your continued support. We literally could not do this
without you and we appreciate you all more than we could ever say in words. We
hope you can sense our gratitude for your support in each of the sleep meditations
we create. Until our next newsletter, we wish you a relaxing and peaceful sleep.
Alan & Nikki