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3 Ways To Center Yourself 

Take a look at what centering is and how it can help increase focus and relieve stress.  Do you ever find yourself at work having difficulty focusing on the assignment you’re working on? Maybe you’re an athlete struggling to get your head in the game but feeling distracted by the roar from the fans and the sounds of the loud music. Trying to stay focused can be a challenge for many of us. This is where centering comes in to help us.   Centering is a meditative and visualization technique that can support you in retaining focus, promoting relaxation, and relieving anxiety (American Psychological Association, 2022). An analogy to better understand the centering technique is the visualization of a pendulum. When you swing one side of…

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