5 Simple Breathing Techniques to Calm your Mind

Being capable of calming your self with breathing techniques can definitely ease your mind and emotions. Many of us don’t recognize that they can breathe through the emotions of stress and anxiety.


Emotions are legitimate responses to conditions and controlling your respiratory can help you cope. 


There are many times in life when things feel out of control but figuring out a way to internally cope can be well within your abilities and can be an immediate way to relax and cut out the stress. 


Don’t miss out on moments in life due to stress and anxiety. Instead of dreading certain situations, use these methods to work through them. Life is too short to stress over the circumstances and constantly feel as though you have to leave. 


The next time you’re feeling panicked or worried, give yourself time to calm yourself down with these strategies:


  1. Count backward from 10. Do this slowly and calmly and take deep breaths as you’re counting backward. You’ll feel the stress dissipate, which will help you to clear your mind.
    • You can do this out loud, or in your head if you’re in a crowded area with a lot of people. There’s no right or wrong way to do this one.
  1. Take long, deep breaths. No counting, just breathing. Over and over again. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Feel the calmness take over.
    • This is a technique that many people do when they’re feeling stressed at home, work, or just in their car as they’re driving. It’s quite effective and simple.
  2. Pace around and breathe. Pacing can be a great way to get control over your mind and your thoughts. Pair that up with some consistent and steady breaths and you’re going to have a good outcome and a clear mind.
    • If you’re at a place where you feel like you can’t pace, remove yourself from that location and go somewhere that you can.
    • A quick walk is optimal for this technique, too, so taking a stroll around the block is always a good idea.
  3. Count down from 100 and breathe through it. There are some situations that just require a longer countdown. And that’s okay. Those times are times of high stress or uncertainty and giving yourself more time is needed.
    • Start at 100 and count backward with your same slow breathing techniques as before.
    • You might have to get all the way to zero before you feel better or you may be able to stop and refocus somewhere in between.
  4. Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth. Controlling your thoughts and emotions with breathing is possible and this method makes a lot of sense. It is more of an effort than the other types of breathing techniques, but it can work really well, too. 


You can always start with one type of method and then switch to a different one as well. Working through them is fine to get calmed down and focused.


Using these techniques can be an effective way to take charge of your emotional and mental worries. These breathing techniques can be a great way to push out the negativity and fears and open up your mind to calmness. 


We all deal with stress on a daily basis, so being able to have your very own coping mechanisms gives you a handy way to alleviate those stressful thoughts and feelings. 


Just because you’re feeling stressed in that moment doesn’t mean that it has to be your path for the entire day. 


Use these breathing techniques as tools to get through the stressful moment, so you can move forward positively through the rest of your day.


What are some of the breathing techniques you use to calm your mind?


Let me know in the comments!


Much Love,



I am a 49 year old hormonal midlife woman from Jersey, married to my husband Eric with 4 sons! The purpose of my blog is to help women who are having a difficult time transitioning into midlife by sharing health & wellness tips, so they can live their best years yet! The topics on my blog are well researched or something I have personally been through. Thank you for your support! Michele

14 thoughts on “5 Simple Breathing Techniques to Calm your Mind

  • September 11, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Love these tips. They are so relevant as we moms try to tackle work, being a teacher, a parent and everything else.

  • June 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    ‘Just Because You’re Feeling Stressed In That Moment Doesn’t Mean That It Has To Be Your Path For The Entire Day.’
    Ugh, when I remember that I used to spend all my days worrying …
    great and insightful post!

    • June 21, 2020 at 2:40 am

      Hi Alexandra, yes it’s very important to no stay stuck in that moment! Thanks for the nice comment!?

  • June 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Breathing is so important to mental health I have found

    • June 21, 2020 at 2:41 am

      Hi April, Breathing is so very important to just about every aspect of mental health! Thanks for commenting!?

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