Life can be super busy and stressful sometimes. I totally get it. That’s why learning how to live in the moment is so important. Being more present each day can help you approach situations with a more positive attitude, create a calmer attitude, and make you feel more focused and productive.
But being present is definitely one of those things that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, it’s seriously difficult. And while I definitely don’t have it all figured out, I do know that learning how to live in the moment takes lifelong practice. The more you practice the easier it will become.
So instead of stressing out about your never-ending to-do list, or the plans you have next weekend, take a moment and embrace it for what it is.
How to live in the moment
Meditation is all about creating mental space, and clearing away the thoughts that make you feel blocked or stressed. It can look different for everybody. Maybe you sit cross-legged and light some incense, use a guided meditation app or just soak in the bathtub. When you’re learning how to live in the moment, meditation can start off as a struggle. Your mind will likely wander, and that’s totally okay. When other thoughts do appear, gently push them away and send your focus inward. Being present in your meditation practice will become easier over time, and help you to carry that same approach into moments outside of your practice.
If you’re the type of person that lets stressful thoughts eat away at you, no matter how many times you try to push them away, exercise can be a big help. Instead of overthinking and analyzing a situation you’re in, take it outside, or to the gym then use it to fuel your workout. Exercise is great for reducing built-up tension and anxiety so you can feel more relaxed, and happier in your day to day life. The more you’re able to reduce the stress in your life, the less you’ll notice it popping up in your mind so often and acting as a distraction from the present moment.
Put your thoughts on paper to prevent them from getting stuck swirling around in your head. You don’t have to be a good writer to start a journal, and it doesn’t even need to make sense. Just let your mind unload for 10 minutes or so a day in your notebook. You might find it wanders aimlessly and your journal gets filled with random thoughts and ideas or you might find it really helps you to work through something that’s been bothering you or stressing you out.
We’re all guilty of letting our electronics distract us more often than we’d like to admit. Take some time each day to disconnect from your laptop, iPad, cell phone and anything else that can serve as a distraction in your life. Instead focus on the here and now, and do something relaxing like read a book, go for a walk, or go out with a friend for some face to face connection.
Learning how to live in the moment takes practice every single day. Some days will be easy, while other days you won’t be able to turn your mind off. Whenever your struggling, remember to go back to your breath. Focus on your inhale and then on your exhale. Is your breathing long and deep or short and sharp? Feel each breath and let your body relax to it. We breathe all day long, yet rarely even give it a second thought. Use it as your anchor to return to the moment when you get too carried away in your mind.
Love your #innerbabe
Learning how to live in the moment more regularly will help you to cultivate an appreciation for your life and the people close to you. You’ll find deeper connections with the things you do each day, and learn what really drives you to success. Don’t stress if you have a hard time getting out of your head. We all overthink things occasionally, and it definitely won’t be the last time. It’s the effort you put in most of the time that really counts to making positive changes in your life.
What do you do to stay present? Tell us in the comments below.