I saw a shirt the other day that said, "Just Breathe" and much like the Nike slogan of, "Just Do It", I realized the simplicity of that suggestion. (Although let's be honest, Nike's is much more difficult if like me, you feel somewhat out of shape right now.)
All of us tend to "just breathe" without giving it much thought. It's automatic and it provides life but, most of us probably don't really think about doing it with actual intent. If so, there wouldn't be apps, shirts, meditations, and anything else that feels the need to remind us of this activity.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret here; a little secret that can reap HUGE rewards. Lean closer. A little closer. Okay, are you ready? IT WORKS! (I hope you enjoyed the little build-up I threw in there.)
All jokes aside, I am being truthful when I tell you that it does work. It's also low cost (FREE!), requires no special equipment and can really be done anywhere at any time. I'm not even talking full-blown meditation here. I am simply talking about breathing.
Other people around you at the time don't even necessarily have to know that you are doing it. I personally like to kind of sit back, close my eyes, and focus but, you don't have to do those things. It can be as simple as taking a deep breathe, counting to three, pausing for a count of three, and then gently releasing for a count of three. I suggest (and it may be different for you), doing this for a full three to five breaths. The best thing about this activity, is that there are no rules. You simply do whatever works best for you as long as you do it!
Another secret (and no, I won't make you lean closer) is that it is something you can start today, right here, right now.