Yeah absolutely it's helping. Anxiety has been really up there, but I'm actually finding that externalising my attention helps alot more than my usual method of honing in on the emotion (meditation etc). I think as I'm much more of an introspective person it can be my undoing at times, so doing different awareness/attention exercises involving the senses and localising my focus "out there" in conjunction with deep breathing has been really helping. Music and singing as well in a massive way.As a Buddhist I've practiced slow, deep breathing during meditation for decades and agree as to it's importance.
That and drinking a new "sleepy tea" (chamomile, peppermint, passionflower, lemon balm, valerian root etc). Actually felt like I had a decent sleep last night, must have been the valerian root which I've heard has that effect!