I am sure you have heard the phrase "Take a breath." It is meant to stop the person from either talking so fast that you can't understand them, or it is meant to stop the person from talking altogether. In the latter case it is like saying SHUT UP! In the former, it is like saying SLOW DOWN.
But when I ask actors and singers to take a breath, I am asking them to take a deep breath. to still their mind, heart and to slow their rhythm. I am asking them to step away from the rush and hurry of the world, and pay attention to what their body is saying. Pay attention to the sounds around them.
We all know that we need to breathe. Oxygen is imperative. But, taking the kind of breath I am talking about, is a deep abiding breath that fills your soul with a sense of calm and peace. I call it BREATHING IN JESUS AND BREATHING OUT PEACE. And it is a good kind of breath!
Try it, you might like it. If you are feeling stressed out...stop close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for 4 seconds, and then let it out through your mouth slowly. Repeat...until your mind is calm, and you aren't racing around in your own mind.