Want to know one of the fastest and most effective ways to relax? Slow down your breathing. When we slow down our breath, we slow down our heart rate and our mind rate. Try taking a 2 minute breathing break and notice how you feel. Remember: our inner world is reflected out. When we look to the outside world to make us feel a certain way, often it does the opposite. Stillness...calm...relaxation-- it all begins from within.