Can You Meditate Your Anxiety Away? Here's the Truth

Anxiety is a complicated thing. We've all had it at one time or another, but it can spring up either in response to a particular stimulus (like a blind date, performance review, or tight work deadline) or for seemingly no reason at all. As alienating as those thoughts feel, anxiety is common, and, for lack of a better word, completely normal. And, there are healthy tactics to quiet those voices and thus live a more mindful, present life. Just imagine the brain power you have tied up in self-doubt—it's practically endless.

The one habit consistently recommended by doctors and experts is meditation. With that in mind, I reached out to a few to better understand how to get started, what types of meditation practices are especially helpful when battling anxiety, and why it works to begin with. Below, find their thoughts, advice, and helpful studies on the subject. I feel less anxious already.