I always hear people swear by meditation to calm them down but honestly it just stresses me out. I listen to guided mediation on YouTube; for example they are like picture yourself on a beach, with waves crashes on your feet, smell the sweet air, etc…
I have a hard time visualizing it, it takes considerable effort, i don’t smell anything and my feet don’t feel like waves are crashing on them. Trying to do all that just stresses me out and makes me feel worse and even sometimes gives me a headache.
I don’t mind taking deep breaths, in and out slowly at a consistent pace, but all the other varied breathing techniques cause me to run out of breath.
I’ve been trying meditation on and off for years. I find it useless.