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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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The class starts with the students taking a deep breath and walking in a circle until the breath is expended.
In most cases, the best accuracy results from taking a deep breath while drawing the bow, letting half of it out shortly after reaching full draw, and then holding this breath while executing the shot.
Taking a deep breath helps to increase oxygen in the blood and alto relieves tension--much like yawning.
The lung function test used in this study measured how much air a person could force out of their lungs in one second after taking a deep breath.
Taking a deep breath can prove stressful for many an urbanite on a smoggy afternoon.