The placement and direction of your breath is key to calming down when anxious. When you’re anxious, notice if you mainly breathe in your chest and if your shoulders lift. Anxiety causes a disconnect with our first three chakras; root, sacral and solar plexus. This disconnect forces us to breathe up, up, up the body, into our chest causing anxiety. When anxious, breathe into your belly and direct your exhales down your body and into the Earth. Lengthen your exhales so they become longer than your inhales. This will bring breath back into the first three chakras to calm and center you.
**Note this type of breath may not be enough when about to have a panic attack. Will release more on breathing for panic attacks ASAP.