We all know that work can be stressful and a little chaotic at times. During these stressful times, we can be brought into a space of overwhelm, or negative thoughts and energy, which can impact on our productivity and performance. It is important that workers learn to manage their negative emotions in order to succeed in today’s competitive landscape. This is where centering in the workplace comes in.
What is centering?
Centering is an ancient visualisation technique that allows you to focus on the here and now, taking power away from outside concerns and negative thoughts, and helping you to remain stable and grounded. When we are feeling stressed, anxious or afraid we tend to react physically: think racing heart, rapid breathing and sweaty palms. Centering, however, allows you to redirect your negative energy to the center of your body, giving you a sense of inner calm.
Ultimately, centering refers to your mental and physical state. To center yourself is to calm your emotions, slow your mind and your breathing until you reach the point where you can feel more of what is going on around and inside you. Once you have found your center, you should find yourself in a state of alertness, yet relaxed at the same time.
Centering can be used in a number of situations, from channelling your nerves before a speech or job interview to gathering your thoughts before a difficult conversation.
How do you practice centering?
There are three steps to center yourself:
Focus on your breathing
Concentrate on breathing deeply, mindfully releasing the tension in your body and working to relax any tense muscles.
Find your center
Place your feet on the ground. Sit straight in your chair. Rock back and forward. Left to right. Focus on finding your center and feeling balanced. Remind yourself that you have balance and control. As you find your center, imagine your presence in the room and in the building.
Redirect your energy
Imagine all of the energy in your body flowing to your center. Channel this energy into achieving your goal. Think about what you want to achieve and focus on positive thoughts, for example, “I give great presentations” or “I help my team by staying focused". Use your energy and center to stay present and achieve your goals.
The impact of centering at work?
Practising centering at work can have a number of positive impacts, including:
- Reduced stress
- Increased focus
- Improved decision making
- Better organised thoughts
- Improved communication with others
- More energy to use
Ultimately,centering in the workplace can have an immensely positive impact. Learning to control your body’s reactions will allow you to overcome stress and other negative emotions and sensations, leading to better work performance and increased happiness whilst at work. Once you have mastered the practice of centering, you can use it any time you’re feeling stressed and out of control in order to keep a clear head.
Centering is a skill that is practised in our online program, teaming essentials. Click here to find out more.