From that new perspective, we have the opportunity to observe what is going on – much like a reporter or detective -- “Just the facts, ma’am!” Stepping back mentally and physically often is possible only after we take a few deep breaths to allow our nervous system to begin to calm.
When we mentally step away from the situation, we are able to observe, without judgment, what is happening. Non-judgmental noticing is a giant step towards regaining calm and balance and, equally important, learning from the experience.
The biggest benefit of this practice comes when we focus as much of our attention as possible solely on the breath, slowing our busy minds so that our wiser selves can be heard.
Such conscious breathing may be a technique you want to practice.