I don't meditate even though there are many opportunities to do so here in San Francisco. Instead, I listen to Pema Chodron on YouTube or listen to her tapes, which are available at my public library. I think that if you're in a crisis state, meditation and tapes do not necessarily help. Sometimes, when I am not in crisis mode, I build up my internal resources so that when I do get into crisis mode (which still happens, but happens less), I can deal with it better. The good thing about anxiety or negativity is that it's transient; it's horrible but it will only last so long. That's one of the lessons I learned from Pema Chodron that has helped me tremendously.