Another reason to follow the breath. (Or whatever anchor you prefer!)
The nice thing about learning to pay attention to the breath is that we do lots of other things during the day that we’ve done many times before. Those things become automatic, but that means that our mind can wander all over the place, usually making us feel worse. So we know that stopping and paying attention to what we’re doing is a valuable skill. It gives us a little break from our usual mental churn, and we practice the ability to not automatically follow where thoughts lead us. And if we can learn how to do it with something we normally never notice like the breath, we certainly should be able to do it with the many other routine things we do, like washing dishes or grocery shopping. Anything can become a meditation.