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I'm at a workshop this weekend and each time we have a new activity that requires concentration or team work, the facilitator encourages us to take 3 deep breaths (from the belly) followed by normal breathing. During the deep breaths she encourages us to deepen our relaxation and prepare ourselves for the task at hand. While on break I went for a walk, and before stepping out I practiced my deep breathing. What a difference it made as I enjoyed my walk and relished my communion with nature.
When I start feeling overwhelmed or like I am not going to be able to accomplish what I need to accomplish - I force myself to stop and take a deep breath. This slows me down from continue on a downward spiral into depressing myself. That deep breath allows me to re-focus and find strength and peace
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