Be Here Now: 5 Ways to Practice Living in the Present

Published Date 7/9/2015
Under: Health & Wellness



Take the time to practice mindfulness and living in the present.

It is easy for us to dwell on the past and worry about the future. Getting stuck in the past can lead to depression, and worrying about the future can cause anxiety. It is most important to practice living in the present moment so that we can avoid unnecessary depression and anxiety, and be grateful for the life we have now. Try these approaches to learn to better focus on living in the present and reap the benefits of doing so. 


Focus on Doing One Task at a Time

Focus on doing single tasks and don't multi-task. If you are eating, eat. If you are reading, just read. If you are bathing, just relax and bathe. Don't read while you bathe or try to take care of several tasks at a time while you eat. As you're doing each task, don't rush it. Do the task slowly and deliberately. It may take time and practice, but it will help you stay in the present moment.


Do Less

If you think you are too busy but cannot possibly do less, think again. If you do less things, you have more time to do those things more slowly and focus on the tasks at hand. If you fill your days with things to do, you will be rushing from one task to the next without stopping to think about what you do and why or how you do it. Choosing fewer tasks to do slower helps you to focus on what is important to you, and let go of tasks that are not as important. 


Do Nothing

Make a point of spending at least five minutes each day doing nothing. Just sit in silence and focus on your thoughts or focus on your breathing. Take time to notice the world around you and relax. Taking time out of each day to do nothing and focus on these simple things helps you to be comfortable with silence and stillness and be more present. 


Become Aware of Your Thoughts

Are you often focusing on things that happened in the past or spending your time worrying about the future? Learn to recognize when you are doing this, stop yourself, and focus your thoughts on the present moment and what you are doing right now instead. Catching yourself and learning to keep your thoughts in the present moment will help you to enjoy the present more consistently. Try talking to a clairvoyant to learn more about what your thoughts mean and learn how to better manage them.


Listen

Often when you are spending time with others, you are thinking about what you are going to say next or what else you have to get done today instead of staying present and really listening to the other person. Instead, listen to what others are saying and be present. It will help you to enjoy your time with those around you. Chat with a psychic online to learn more about your relationships.


These simple approaches to living in the moment can help to allay anxiety and enjoy everyday moments as best you can.


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