When the worried mind takes over and its confusing to know what to do, the first steps are to untangle ones self from anxious thoughts.
An anxious mind is much like a choppy ocean. When we focus on the surface of the ocean, we see the waves rising and crashing. Below the surface, deep in the ocean, there is calm water.
So it is with anxiety provoking thoughts on the surface, everything is confusing. Conscious breathing can slow those anxious thoughts. It can bring attention to the calmness that awaits below the choppy surface.
It may seem to be difficult to accomplish at first. However, with practice, the process of letting go and untangling from these anxiety ridden thoughts becomes manageable. All change requires action. Bringing attention to ones breath is an action towards calming ones mind.
If a problem is fixable,
If a situation is such that you can do something about it,
Then there is no need to worry.
If its not fixable,
Then there is no help in worrying.
~ Dalai Lama