Mostly people who look inward, see it only as a method of personal spiritual evolution, but i want you to see just the basic levels of evolution, in order to clear the stress levels.
Meditation is a way that will get us, short term and long term benefits. It is up to our own intelligence intake, that we choose our path.
Anything that calms the body and brain and gives us a level of slow infiltrated joy us our meditative state.
Focused breathing is really what gives a gentle and overall change to the general stress levels. It is the best way of calming the body and the brain, in the shortest span of time. Physical touch, such as, a simple hug, is another quick strategy.