Our breath is one of the few things that will always be with us. It can have a controlled pace, or it can be ragged and rushed. But, usually, it follows a strong even rhythm.
There are hundreds of bits of advice on how to breathe properly. They'll tell you to breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. They'll tell you to fill your belly before your chest. Or, they'll tell you the exact opposite.
I'm not sure how we breathe really matters. The key is that we start to focus on something other than the chatter in our head. By noticing our breath, we get an opportunity to slow down for a second and go back to the primal part of our brain that isn't worried about what's just happened, or what's going to happen. It lets us focus on the now -- and if we can take time to breathe in the now, then everything will turn out alright.
I'm a gay father with gay sons. My mission is to work with the community to prepare them -- and other young gay men -- for a happy and successful life.