i find counting breaths very useful for establishing mindfulness and slowing the stream down a bit. eventually it gets annoying as things quiet down, and i drop it. for me restarting when i lose track is very important... if i have to 'search' for the number at all, i start back at one. if i dont restart, my mind will fall into a weird state where its counting but still engaging in fantasy. try it for a bit... if it works, great. if not, drop it.
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."