Life is stressful. Of all the tools you could use to handle stress and anxiety, there are few things as easy and effective as mindfulness meditation. When you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it’s easy to get stuck thinking about your stressors rather than living in the moment.
When you sit somewhere quiet and concentrate on the feeling of your breath moving in and out of your body, it has the effect of moving your focus away from the thoughts in your head. Slowly move your attention through the various parts of your body, and note the sensations and emotions you feel as you breathe. You may realize what stress feels like to you. Some people feel it as certain muscles tensing up, while others feel it in the pit of their stomach. Try practicing once or twice a day for 10 to 20 minutes. Over time you may be able to react to things more calmly, and find it easier to concentrate on the task at hand. For help practicing mindfulness, try one of the guided meditations linked here.