Friend and colleague Tammy Lenski shared this centering tip with readers recently -- one more way to recenter when you lose your calm. She learned it from psychologist and attention expert Lucy Jo Palladino, author of Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload.
1. Find an object nearby that has four corners – a box, your monitor, window, etc. In the unlikely event you don’t have something nearby, visualize a window frame in your mind.
2. Focus on the upper left-hand corner and inhale for a count of four.
3. Shift your gaze to the upper right-hand corner and hold your breath for a count of four.
4. Move your gaze to the lower right-hand corner and exhale for a count of four.
5. Finally, shift your attention to the lower left-hand corner. Tell yourself to relax, then smile.
6. Repeat 3 to 5 times to calm and focus yourself.
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