Meditation. The word conjures up images of new age crystal lovers humming whilst listening to whales for hours on end. Right? Wrong. Meditation is simply a learned technique to calm the mind from racing. Just like any skill, such as playing an instrument, it requires practice before becoming second nature. Left to its own devices, the mind can fret about the future, or dwell in the past. Scenarios swirl around, none of which are based on reality, and we can forget to enjoy the present.
There is no mumbo jumbo involved, just mental discipline to empty the mind. Just twenty minutes a day, and you will be able to recognise when your thoughts are taking a turn for the worse and you will simply stop them. Letting go of self can reduce stress, help concentration, aid sleep, and provide a great coping mechanism for when times are tough.