take a deep breath

take a deep breath

To pause for a moment to compose or calm oneself. Often used literally (as the act of exhaling is thought to promote calmness). I started to get stressed about my presentation, but then I took a deep breath and realized I was completely prepared. You're OK. Just take a deep breath and sit for a minute before you get up.
See also: breath, deep, take

take a deep breath

pause in order to gather your thoughts or calm yourself before taking important action.
2005 USA Today What does the small business do when the engine that drives its business backfires? There are several steps to take. First, take a deep breath and don't do anything sudden.
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I must now take a deep breath to steel myself for what I am about to do.
We were taught to take a deep breath, let out a third to a half of it, and hold the rest as we focused on sight picture and trigger press.
This particular morning, on my way back to my house, I realized I was unable to take a deep breath.
Take a deep breath and exhale forcefully through the mouth.
We all take a deep breath, attempt to regroup, wonder how well we really know our wunderkind, wonder what the future holds.
While we intend to present mountains of evidence and expert testimony, all you need to do is take a deep breath during one of these field burns to realize the impact," Berman said.
The next time you are preparing to practice yoga, instead of going to the studio or the living room, take a deep breath and walk outside.
Every one of you cardinal-and-gold-wearing, pompon-waving, selmportant USC grads, just take a deep breath.
one: Again, take a deep breath, and let it out slowly.
I heard the announcement (about Christal being ``killed'') and I had to take a deep breath and remember it wasn't real,'' said Silhouette, 17.
245 in 41 games in '73, gave his son some advice: ``He told me to take a deep breath before my first at-bat.