You had a plan. You had expectations. Now something unexpected comes up and you feel the stress come in. What can you do to bring yourself back into the present moment to assure you are ok? Your breath. I'm not going to say "Just Breathe". But I will say, take a moment and a step back. What can you do to help minimize the stress, while under stress? Access your breath.
Under stress, we begin to breathe in a shallow way or in the chest area. Our sympathetic nervous system begins to take over, raising our heart rate and causing uncomfortable physical sensations, such as shallow breathing.
I have written about this technique in the blog post, "How is your Heart?". https://www.pcsam.org/post/how-is-your-heart-1
I wanted to bring this practice back because it's such a beneficial breath practice. When we feel stress come in, this is the opportunity for us to shift ourselves and shift our breath.