In times of frustration or anxiousness, our first instinct is to react, instead of responding. When we react, we risk making matters worse. By screaming, crying, or getting mad we are only adding to the stress and further upsetting our minds and bodies. Yet, when we choose to respond, we are mindfully making a decision to help calm us down and bring us back to a place of focus. The next time you are in a position where you feel that you are losing control, remember to take a deep breath. Think about how you can make a decision that will create a better outcome for you and help to get you out of the stressful situation. You’ll be surprised by how much better you can feel when you just breathe.