Mike Schmitz, writing for The Sweet Setup
I’ve had my own struggles with admitting that mindfulness meditation is necessary. I’ve had an off-and-on, love/hate relationship with the practice of meditation for several years, and I am by no stretch of the imagination an “expert” meditator. I have picked up the practice several times, but in the back of my mind I’ve always struggled with idea of “needing” to meditate.
Every time I find myself feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, I stop and ask myself, “why do I feel this way?” Over time, I’ve come to realize that (more often than not) the situation itself isn’t causing the stress, but rather the way I’m thinking about the situation. I’ve come to realize that the real solution isn’t a new productivity system or app. The only thing that really brings calm is to deal with the man in the mirror and my overactive mind.
I have also gone back and forth with meditation. I recently had a bout with frequent headaches and it finally occurred to me they were stress related. After a few days of pain, I got home from work, sat on the couch, and did a three minute meditation session. It helped a lot. I personally use Headspace, but I say find what works for you. Hopefully the linked article can help you with that.