This basic breathing exercise will only take you about 6 minutes.
The tape begins with some simple instructions for you to follow. Even as you are listening to the instructions, continue to breathe in a slow and relaxed way. A minute of silence follows, giving you a brief time to put the instructions into practice. The exercise ends with a status check of how you are feeling.
Remember that anytime you try something new, you need practice before you develop a comfort level with the activity. This is true with relaxation exercises, as well. Practice when you can, knowing that your ability to relax will improve with time.
The breathing script is taken from chapter 11 of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 5th edition, by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Eshelman and Matthew McKay.