This is an ideal way to calm down and relieve physical stress symptoms, such as racing heart and muscle tension. It works by stimulating the vagus nerve, which regulates your body’s natural relaxation response. In addition to the physical benefits, deep breathing can also help settle your mind. Try this easy exercise.
Sit in a comfortable position. Take a few deep, slow breaths and focus your mind on the sensations of breathing. Notice the rise and fall of your belly and how the fresh air enters your nostrils. To help your focus, try counting each breath. When your mind inevitably wanders, simply bring your attention back to your breath.