Quick Tip

Take a Minute to Increase Focus & Manage Emotions

Manage Emotions

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Got a minute? In that time, you can increase focus and help manage emotions. Really. I read about it in a business article, of all places.  In “The Basic Minute,” Martin Boroson invited managers to try a quick and simple meditation practice. Even a minute of meditation can help parents the same way it helps managers. Here’s the process:

  • Find a quiet place.
  • Sit down with your legs in a relaxed position and your body sitting “up” (lying down isn’t recommended – you might fall asleep!)
  • Set an alarm for exactly one minute.
  • Place your hands in a relaxed position.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Focus on your breathing.
  • When the alarm sounds, stop.

Just focusing on your breathing for one minute will cause your heart rate to slow and your breathing to regulate – both great things for your body.  At first, if you get distracted, it can help to count breaths. Also be sure to breathe “normally.” Don’t try to control your breath.

You can do this several times a day when you find yourself losing your cool, or needing to re-charge. I challenge you to try it once a day for a week, and see what you notice.  Leave me a note and let me know how it goes!


To read the full article: Boroson, Martin. “Meditation for Managers.”, Spirituality and Health  September-October, 2011: 53- 57.

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