Welcome to your beginners' guide to meditation for overthinkers
You want to calm the thought whirlwind
- You want to quieten the deafening sound of your own brain
- You've tried meditation before and found it a struggle
- You find it impossible to empty your brain or make it go blank
- The thought of sitting still makes you feel twitchy
- You don't have time to sit on a cushion and chat ohm for half an hour a day
- You want to know how it can be possible for someone juggling work and family can find time to meditate
Whether you have never tried meditation before or you’ve struggled to meditate regularly, here you will get step by step guidance and the tools you need to begin meditating and create a sustainable meditation practice that works in your busy life and soothes your whirring, overthinking mind.
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How meditating soothes a busy brain
You want to spend less time getting bogged down in your overthinking and quieten your whirlwind of a brain. It’s when you’re lost in your head, going over and over the same thoughts without getting to a solution, when you start each thought with ‘what if’, that you can feel stressed and overwhelmed.
Learning to untangle yourself from the myriad of thoughts plays a crucial part in calming yourself. Through meditation you become aware of your thoughts without being entangled within them. It’s through this awareness that you can unstick yourself from whirring thoughts, soothe your nerves and calm your overthinking brain.
The parasympathetic nervous system is activated by meditation, calming and soothing you by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Studies by Stanford and Harvard Universities show that meditation can reduce the reactiveness of the amygdala (responsible for the fight or flight feeling) and so lower stress levels.
A few minutes really is all it takes
Meditation makes a difference to your life when you're not meditating. The few minutes you spend in meditation teach you to recognise when in everyday life your brain is spiralling off into overthinking, instead of staying stuck in the worry whirlwind. When you learn to notice you're sinking into overthinking you can interrupt the cycle and take action to help yourself, by challenging the thoughts, distracting yourself or focusing on something else in this present moment. And by taking a few minutes to meditate you can spend the rest of your waking hours getting on with your life as you want to, enjoying it, because you're better able to catch your overthinking before it takes hold.
During the course we will
- Examine what meditation is, the misunderstandings around it and its relationship with mindfulness
- Discover how, as an overthinker, you can benefit from meditation
- Look at when to use meditation in everyday life as well as in daily practice
- Troubleshoot challenges to beginning a new meditation habit
- Focus on creating a consistent, sustainable meditation practice that works within your life and calms your overthinking mind
- Hear from several women who share their experience of creating a regular meditation practice around their busy work and family lives
- Begin with a simple three minute meditation, alternating with different styles of meditation (stationary and active) and gently experimenting with meditating for up to ten minutes by the end of the course
- Meet online on the last Tuesday of each month for a coaching call where you can ask me questions, discuss any challenges that are coming up for you as you build your meditation practice and I'll lead us in a live meditation together.
What you'll receive
- Access to the private online classroom where you’ll find the lessons available to you at the start of each week
- Ten guided meditations (nine audio and one video), delivered in stages so you don’t feel overwhelmed, and which include moving as well as sitting meditations
- Interviews with women sharing their experience of making meditation a part of their busy work and family lives
- A resource library to support you in maintaining your newly established practice including practical tips from real life meditators, worksheets, recommended apps and more
- Twice weekly emails to support and keep you on track
- The option to listen to the lessons as well as read them
- A monthly coaching call on Zoom to talk over how you're getting on with meditating and to share a live meditation together
Learn to calm your overthinking mind now
Exhale leads you step by step into meditating so you can create a sustainable practice that supports and benefits you rather than overwhelms you. It’s more beneficial to meditate daily for a handful of minutes than to save it all up and do half an hour once a week. This is why we begin with a short three minute meditation and build up to ten minutes later in the course. It’s why I talk you through every meditation and why, by the end of the course, you will have a menu of meditations of varying length, focus and use so you can choose what meditation to follow for your needs at any given time.
Exhale is a self-study course that begins as soon as you join and runs for four weeks. You can follow it at your own pace without feeling pressured. I know time can be a challenge to establishing a meditation habit so the lessons are a manageable size and the guided meditations are only a few minutes long.
What you’ll need for the course
- To begin you’ll need three minutes a day to meditate undisturbed. This builds up to five and then ten minutes by the final week of the course
- A phone, tablet or computer to read the lessons and listen to the guided meditations
- An online connection to join in the monthly coaching call (you'll receive an email each month with the link to join the Zoom call)
- A printer if you choose to print any of the resources
- An openness to learn and begin creating a regular meditation practice
What this course will do… and what it won’t do
Exhale, a beginners’ guide to meditation for overthinking, will give you the information, inspiration and tools you need, step-by-step, so you can create a sustainable meditation practice, and in doing so calm your overthinking mind. It will provide you with a range of meditations of varying length, focus and use so you can choose the meditation that’s right for your needs on any given day.
This course won’t make your overthinking vanish in a puff of smoke, nothing will do that so don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise! It’s called meditation practice because it takes time and repetition to establish the habit and feel the benefits of meditation. The more you’re able to commit to this course the more you’ll get out of it.
Give yourself, or a loved one (you’ll get a digital gift voucher for your friend), the gift of Exhale and create a sustainable meditation practice to calm and support you.
Exhale is a self-study course so it begins when you sign up. You’ll get access to the private classroom straight away where you'll find the first week's lessons waiting for you. Then, seven days later the next week's lessons will become available for you to access and so on for four weeks. You will also receive an email from me twice a week as a prompt and support during the course.
Absolutely, it’s a generous and thoughtful gift to give a friend or family member. At the checkout fill in their name and email address in the relevant box. I will send you a PDF gift voucher to print or email to the recipient. I will give the gift recipient access to the private classroom where they'll find the first week's lessons waiting for them. Then, seven days later the next week's lessons will become available for them to access and so on for four weeks. They will also receive an email from me twice a week as a prompt and support during the course.
Click on one of the Buy Now buttons on this page and you’ll be taken to a payment screen. You can pay for the course using your debit or credit card, or with your Paypal account.
Once your payment has been made you will receive confirmation by email. You can then access the private classroom through your account where you’ll find the lessons become available to you each week as you work through the course.
The monthly live coaching call will be held on Zoom at 8pm on the last Tuesday of each month. You will receive an email a couple of days earlier with a link to join the call.
Zoom is a free video webinar service, you can find out more about it here.
I am an overthinker and the meditation practice I’ve built over several years has been instrumental in helping me to calm my whirring brain. It took me a long time to make meditation a daily habit with a lot of stopping and starting, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Exhale is the meditation course I wish had been around when I wanted to start meditating.
Less than you think. This course isn’t about meditating for great chunks of time, we begin with three minutes and build up gradually over the four week course to ten minutes. It’s a self-study course so you can read the lessons, or listen to me read them to you, whenever is convenient for you.
Learning a new skill and establishing a new habit takes time. It can be tempting to dive right into an ambitious meditation practice that isn’t sustainable and when you come up against challenges to feel disheartened and give up. I have purposefully created Exhale over four weeks so that you can gently start meditating in a way that feels doable and which fits into your busy life, and progress at a steady pace so you build a sustainable practice that works for and benefits you.
You’re not. Meditating is not about making your mind go blank or emptying your head. It’s about moving your attention from the whirlwind of thoughts to a different focus. You’ll dart back to your thoughts over and over again, everyone does, and that’s completely normal, noticing your mind has wandered off is an important part of meditation. Over time and with practice, noticing your attention has gone to your thoughts and bringing it back to the focus of the meditation, makes you better able to unstick yourself from your overthinking and calm your brain and nerves.
Absolutely not! But if you’d like to you are very welcome to. You can meditate sitting, lying, standing or moving, in a noisy or quiet place. All you really need is to be undisturbed for those few minutes.
Meditation practice is personal, what you enjoy and what you get benefit from may be different to the next person. There are different styles of meditating, not everyone feels comfortable sitting so I’ve included moving meditations too. Some people prefer to focus on their breath, others on their body or their senses. There are meditations to help you be kinder to yourself or to calm you down when you feel particularly strung out. By giving you a variety of meditations you can try them out, see what you like and feels helpful, and keep them to listen to for years to come.
Not everyone likes or wants to meditate and if it isn’t for you I completely understand. However, if you would like to try again and feel it could be helpful, perhaps take a few moments to think about what you found challenging last time. In this course we begin slowly with a three minute meditation that can be slotted into a busy day. We explore the benefits of meditation and the misunderstandings, we deal with overcoming the challenges you could face and how to create a sustainable practice that works for you with your unique life. I guide you step-by-step through the whole process so you don’t have to figure out anything alone. And I provide you with further resources and a menu of meditations to enable you to continue and develop your practice going forward. If, after reading all the information on this page, you feel Exhale could be the course to help you start meditating I would love you to join me.
Absolutely. While meditation can be really helpful to those who get lost in overthinking, everyone can benefit from taking a few minutes every day to meditate. If you would like to try meditating and see how it works for you, you are very welcome to join Exhale.
Yes, you can download each meditation as it becomes available so you can listen wherever you are, with or without the internet.
You can read feedback from previous participants of my e-courses, with details of their experience and how the course has impacted their lives, on this page.
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Hi, I'm Gabrielle…
I help people who get stuck in their heads overthinking, ruminating and what if-ing everything imaginable, to calm their mind, soothe their nerves, feel better able to cope with the world and, crucially, to really live their lives with the joy and contentment they want.
I know what it’s like to feel trapped in your head, like you’re always going to be a worrier and that you’ll never be able to relax enough to really enjoy what’s going on in your life. And I know that none of this is true, it is possible to calm your mind, worry less and enjoy life more.
It’s time to make a change, now, because you’ve already missed out on so much of the fun, the peace, the contentment and the little moments of joy that make up the real stuff of life by living in your head. Life is passing you by. You weren’t really there at a friend’s birthday party because you were wondering what people were thinking of how you looked and what you said, whether she’d like her present and if the taxi would turn up on time. You missed the joy of seeing your child in their school play because you kept thinking about the look one of the other mums gave you or if the costume you made is good enough. You lie awake at 3am because your mind is spinning at 100mph with all the possible things that could go wrong with you and everyone you love.
You’ve had enough of feeling stuck with a million thoughts whizzing around your head, enough of trying to keep control of everything to keep everyone safe, and enough of going over and over the past and what if-ing every possible future scenario.
You want your life back, you want to feel the calm and contentment that looks so easy for everyone else and you want it now.
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