Calmness in meditation is different from the calmness in simply taking a walk by the beach.
When under stress, a good way to de-stress is to exercise and 'sweat it out", either through a long run, a fast run, vigorous swim, contact sports. Such exercise brings some relaxation to the mind and body.
I have also found that doing meditation, especially when the mind becomes focused, the mind will not be able to worry or fret over things that bothered you. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time. When the mind becomes still and focused on the object of meditation, a detached form of calmness is achieved. This calmness is different from when the mind is at ease. Meditative calmness provides a very deep sense of well being, calmness and happiness that goes beyond the "normal" calm. It is like treading water at sea, bobbing up and down with the waves provides some sense of calmness. It is different kind of calmness when one scuba dives, floating under the sea, hearing nothing but your own breathing.
Kind of difficult to describe. Need to experience to appreciate.
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