Three Minutes to Contentment; Let’s Keep This Simple
As you breathe in, count “one, two.” As you breathe out – count “one, two, three.”
In other words, the exhalation should take about 50% longer than the inhalation.
It’s that simple – and that hard. Just keep practicing. Be patient and persistent and gentle with yourself. Turn any self criticism way down.
Of course hitting free throws in basketball is quite simple too. The trick is to hit them consistently, under pressure amid lots of distractions.
You lower stress, attain contentment and get to play first violin at Carnegie Hall in the same way: Practice, practice, practice.