The power of deep breathing is a critical tool in your tool belt of coping with life's stress. It will allow you to overcome panic, anxiety and pain in a matter of minutes. Begin this technique the minute you feel anxious. Also, do this two times a day regardless of anxiety, not only will this technique lower your heart rate, but it will increase oxygen to your brain resulting in increased creativity and clarity. The easiest way to do this is to focus on an object in the room (or you may close your eyes and imagine your favorite thing or place that you are grateful for) and breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, out through your nose for 5 seconds - for 5 minutes. This process is called "5 in 5 out."
Check out this short video clip on how this technique worked for Dr. John Assaraf' during a visit to the dentist: http://www.praxisnow.com/wealth/overcoming-anxiety-fear-and-panic
Have a blessed and creative week!