"[Meditation] organically calms us, and also allow for solutions to come to us, if our day required that. A new way of thinking, hence solutions, cannot come from the old way of thinking. In order to have clarity, we need to provide space within our mind. Meditation becomes a profound tool to reach this state," Zarrin explains. Personally, little things bother me much less when I am meditating regularly. In addition, because my mind if free of clutter, I am much more creative. Meditating is kind of like tidying up or KonMari-ing your brain.
"Some reasons why meditation helps us view stress differently are that it allows us to gain a new perspective, helps us reduce negative emotions, aligns us with our inspiration and creativity, and increases self-awareness so we are less impulsive and respond with more of an intention," Zarrin says. If you're new to meditation, there are plenty of apps to help you get started. My favorite is Insight Timer because it has eleventy-million free meditations that range from a few minutes to a few hours. If you're coming home from work or school stressed more often than not, commit to spending five minutes meditating as soon as you walk in the door.