Less stress translates to less anxiety.
For example, an eight-week study of mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce their anxiety.
It also reduced symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors & panic attacks.
Another study followed up with 18 volunteers three years after they had completed an eight-week meditation program. Most volunteers had continued practicing regular meditation & maintained lower anxiety levels over the long term.
A larger study in 2,466 participants also showed that a variety of different meditation strategies can reduce anxiety levels.
For example, yoga has been shown to help people reduce anxiety. This is likely due to benefits from both meditative practice & physical activity.
Meditation can also help control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments. One study found that a meditation program reduced anxiety in a group of nurses.