Meditation is a great way to keep your mind and body healthy and help you relax. It can be very beneficial, but there are times when it can seem impossible to meditate when you can't shut your mind off. The first step is to identify these times, before the problem gets out of hand.
The biggest problem people have is they tend to forget when they started practicing meditation. If you are doing it at night, or on a holiday, this is one of the times you should not be trying to meditate, because you are relaxing and letting go of stress.
The other times that it is too difficult is when you are trying to meditate on a daily basis. You have to remember to set aside time to meditate every day. Not only will this help you relax, but it will also keep your mind off work and school and help you get more quality time with family and friends.
Another thing you have to remember is that when you are trying to meditate when you can't shut your mind off, you are taking away your ability to think about things. You should concentrate on counting your breaths. Counting your breaths helps you stop and calm your thoughts.
When you get to a point where you are not able to stop and calm your thoughts, take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself floating. Imagine that your entire being is being lifted up and held in the air. Visualizing is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself calm and help your mind focus.
As long as you do not expect to really meditate and hold yourself up in the air, you will not be able to help but to feel the tension and stress in your body. It is important to remember that if you think you can relax and let your mind think it won't be stressful, you will find yourself not being able to relax and stay calm.
If you need help you can go to a Yoga class, or enroll in a mediation class. One of the biggest problems with meditation is trying to find a quiet place to sit and meditate. This is the one of the hardest parts of meditation, because you just can't find a place to sit down.
Make sure that you have some friends or new people around so you can always talk to them when you feel overwhelmed. They will help you focus on your breathing and get you on track. You can find help by looking online for meditation techniques, or by going to your local Yoga studio or mediation class.