When I’m stressed, I get pretty annoyed if anyone tells me to breath deeply. Breathing has never helped me to relax when I am stressed about something weighing on my mind. Breathing has helped when I’m anxious about something or scared, but not when I’m frustrated over a problem or feeling like I don’t have time to get everything done.
It almost seems like a mean joke. I don’t have time and you want me to stop and breathe? For me, what helps is taking a walk or doing something to exert the frustrated energy building up inside of me. Yes, it takes time, but it helps, so I usually find it worth it, especially when you’ve reached the stress level where you can no longer focus.
My body can’t calm itself with breath. It needs to use the energy. So next time you feel stressed, try a walk. I hope it helps.