Meditation should be fun. It should not be like a chore that you don’t look forward to like taking out the trash or cleaning the bathroom. Most people get discouraged by meditation because they can’t slowing down their thoughts.
Instead of beating yourself up for not being able to control your mind during your meditation, just practice sitting still for a few minutes. Once you have mastered that, practice deep breathing while sitting still. Then gradually move up to monitoring your thoughts while taking deep breaths and sitting still.
This article talks about how meditation requires a balance of effort and relaxation.
Too much effort makes meditation tiring and unsustainable, while too little effort causes you to lose your grip on your attention.
A very common question among people learning meditation is how to find and maintain this balance. The key to success in meditation is to create just enough difficulty to be challenging, but not enough to discourage you.