Regular use of meditation and mindfulness tools can have profound effects on both your mind and body, as they  slow down the nervous system, slowing your breathing and decreasing your heart rate and blood pressure.  Consistent practice can really help to reduce anxiety and make you better able to effectively manage stress.  The key is to practice these tools on a regular basis, not just during times of stress, as you  strive to incorporate more mindfulness to your overall way of being,