24. Develop a daily practice of meditation.
Daily meditation is one of the best things you can do to quash down anxiety and remain so far ahead of it that it cannot catch up. The practice does require discipline, and you can’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get it right the first time (or the tenth time, or the twentieth). Go to a quiet place by yourself. If possible and desirable, turn off the lights, light some candles, and play some soft music. Close your eyes and tune out all of your thoughts. When you start to feel an idea invading, don’t engage with it. Just tune it out.
At first, you may only succeed at meditating for a few minutes at a time. The point is to be fully aware of yourself and be fully in the present, not have a contest with yourself (and give yourself another reason for negative self-talk). Work your way up to 30 minutes, then 45 minutes. The benefits of meditation include being more focused, having more energy, lowered blood pressure, and overall improved health and well-being.