Breathing can be one of the most essential tools for balance that you have. Keeping in touch with your breath can let you know how you are feeling or how you are reacting to your external environment. Staying in touch with your breath will keep you connected to your body and feelings and not just your thoughts. When you first wake up in the morning and good technique is to take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. Feel where you may be tense or holding in your body. Breath and send the breath to open up the area. Breathe deep into your belly to connect with a full breath. Now count to five as you inhale and count to five as you exhale. Do this for five minutes to help you get connected to your body. Do this again if you are tense during the day and also at bedtime. It will help you stay connected to yourself.