Sometimes you just need to take a break from the world around you and focus your attention inward. Focusing your breath can bring you a sense of peace and help you calm down when you’re getting anxious or upset. If your mind wanders back to the problem, pull it back to your breath.
Game Plan: Practice what the SEALs call 4 x 4 x 4 breathing: Inhale deeply for four counts, then exhale for four counts and repeat the cycle for four minutes, several times a day. Retired SEAL commander Mark Divine says that “meditation and deep breathing help slow the cognitive process and open us up to our more intuitive thoughts.”