Taking slow, deep breaths has a very calming effect on the body and is a great way to decrease anxiety. If you find it difficult to focus on deep breathing when you're already feeling anxious, then try using visual cues to assist you in effectively using your breathing to induce feelings of relaxation.
Try breathing in sync with the movements in the animations below. This will help lengthen each inhale and exhale, slowing your breathing and helping your body become calmer. Pick your favorite from the eight options below or use them all for some variation in your practice of deep breathing.