- Lie down or sit back and close your eyes, now inhale as deeply as you can and count as you are inhaling the air; most people can get up to five seconds, I’m up to eight. Hold the air in your lungs while you count to five. Now exhale and count again as you are exhaling. The counting relaxes your mind and takes your thought process away from the stress at hand. The breathing slows down your heart rate, and calmness spreads throughout your body.