Breathing is essential for life. When you are faced with a stressful situation it is important to be mindful of your breath. Relax by focusing on your breathing. Breathe deeply through your nose, slowly for 6 counts, hold and breathe out of your nose slowly for 6 counts. Repeat as often as needed. Breathing helps to activate your relaxation response which in turn calms your mind and body.
“As you learn to be aware of your breathing and practice slowing and normalizing your breaths, your mind will quiet and your body will relax. Breath awareness and good breathing habits will enhance your psychological and physical well-being, whether you practice them alone or in combination with other relaxation techniques.” Excerpt From: Martha Davis, Patrick Fanning, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman & Matthew McKay. “The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.”
"Breathing serves as the pump for the lymphatic system, just as the heart serves the circulatory system. Your cells must have oxygen to survive moment to moment. To thrive, they rely on a complex exchange between the circulatory system and the lymphatic system. Blood flow carries nutrients and ample amounts of oxygen into the capillaries, while a healthy lymphatic system carries away destructive toxins. Proper breathing is the moderator of this exchange."
Try practicing breathing meditation where you focus on your breath. Follow each inhale and exhale with your breath. The purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and relax the body. You will find it easier to relax your body, calm your mind, and cope with the stresses in your life when you practice a breathing relaxation exercise at least once or twice a day for twenty minutes.