Use six-second centering before and during important meetings and conversations to cultivate a calmer, clearer, and more credible presence. This short practice gives us a simple way to calm our physiology, which is the first step toward bringing a less anxious, more thoughtful mind-set to our day. Here’s how it works:
Uncross your legs and feel your feet firmly into the floor. The act of feeling your feet into the floor grounds you in the present moment and unhooks you from the emotional or mental storytelling that gives rise to reactivity.
Inhale deeply; lengthen your spine and embody an upright posture as you breathe in fully. When we sit or stand with an upright posture (versus slumping), we telegraph confidence, credibility, and calm.
Exhale slowly, relaxing your jaw, shoulders, and chest. Feel your feet into the floor, to once again ground yourself in the present moment. Anxiety is often stored in the body in our shoulders, jaw and chest. Relaxing these areas as you exhale releases stored stress, helps to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and enables you to project greater poise.