I started doing breathing exercises a few months ago. Every morning.
First thing in the morning. To get my day started the right way. While everybody is still asleep.
The basics are pretty easy. It is called Square Breathing.
Breathe in for the count of seven. Hold your breath for the count of seven. Exhale for the count of seven. And finally hold for the count of seven. Repeat. Seven cycles.
I was keen and wanted to prove that I could do it. However reality was quick and humbling. I started with a count of four. I got distracted often. More often than not actually. Almost always I lost my track somewhere along the line. Thoughts took over my mind while I counted in the dark.
I persist. Not because I have got it right but because precisely I have not. I persist. That is the point. I am slowly getting better. More consistent. Less distracted. More focused.
It has taken months and will continue as do I. For actually I have no choice. I must get better.
I take breathing pretty much for granted, maybe you do too. Why not spend a little time every day doing it consciously?