A slower breath rate can assist in managing racing thoughts and strong emotions. The below breathing exercise can allow you to gain control of how your body responds during, and after high pressure situations. Although safe for most people, if difficulties such as breathlessness, dizziness or increased nervousness are experienced, the breath count can be adjusted to rate which is most comfortable.
Breathe in for a count of 1, 2, 3
Hold for a count of 1, 2, 3
Breathe out for a count of 1, 2, 3 (repeat for approximately 5 rounds, then increase to 4 counts)
As you become more proficient at this, you can increase the count