It’s hard to stay present sometimes; you get distracted by thoughts of work, the stress of life, and most of all, money! Try as you may staying present is difficult, and you’re missing out on life’s precious moments!
It’s as if your mind never stops working no matter what you do; you might even be asking someone to repeat themselves because you’ve just spaced out during the conversation. It might be difficult at first, but if you’re willing to try it gets easier.
If you feel like time is racing by, and you’re not getting to enjoy the little moments with your friends and family, you might need to practice being more present. It can even help with your mental health, especially when you’re feeling anxious or depressed.
1. Celebrate the little things
You might not think it’s a big deal, but if you’ve been struggling to accomplish tasks, celebrate them! Even if it’s a small feat like not eating the entire box of chocolates, it’s something to be proud of!
It might seem a little trivial, but it actually encourages you to get things done and keeps you motivated. If it means you treat yourself to a nice dinner for getting work done on time, do it!
Sometimes we tend to listen to others and think of ways to respond, but at times what people really want is to be heard. You might even zone out on what to say next, but if you just listen for a moment, maybe they just wanted to get things off their chest!
3. Be grateful
We forget to thank those around us while we’re caught up in our own worlds, forgetting that they, too, would like to feel appreciated. So thank them for the little things they do, thank your partner for picking up the groceries, thank your mom for making dinner, be grateful for how they make your life easier!
4. Connect with yourself
Know yourself, what you’re comfortable with and what you’re not so that you can give attention to the things that actually matter to you! Connecting with yourself also allows you to process your emotions, and if you’d like to discuss it with those you’re close to, you actually know what to tell them.
You should be checking in with yourself often throughout the day and also tuning in to your body’s needs. This means when you feel hungry or thirsty, instead of finishing a task, you get up and feed yourself, and hydrate!
5. Stop multitasking
Multitasking distracts you from staying present; your mind is constantly pilled with all the tasks you need to get done. Focusing on one thing lets you give it your full potential and also leaves you room to think of feeding yourself!
6. Reduce your screen time
We’re all guilty of spending a bit too much time on our phones, scrolling through social media, or even watching endless hours of Netflix. Take a break from it, spend less time on your apps and more time taking in your surroundings.
Reducing your screen time, you might even find the time for exercising, bonding time with your pets, time to make dinner, and even spending quality time with those you love! You can monitor your screen time with a nifty function on your phone to help!
7. Not knowing is okay
You might even get anxiety from the fact that you don’t know the answers to everything, but you need to convince yourself that that’s okay. You can only control some things in life, the others; you just have to leave it up to chance!
8. Feel your feelings
Often times we get so busy or even enjoy distracting ourselves from having emotions. But bottling your emotions up is never good for you, and you should never be embarrassed to have feelings.
So take a moment and take the time to feel sad, celebrate the things that make you happy, and find something that comforts you when you’re not okay. Processing your emotions will leave you more present because you’re dealing with them instead of brushing them aside!
9. Honor your rituals
Try taking a walk in the evening or doing something you love to unwind at the end of the day. Spend some me-time; you need it to keep you grounded and sane!
10. Reflect on your day
Take a moment to talk or write about your day, all the trials and tribulations. You might even find yourself coming up with solutions to your problems while taking them in.
Maybe even your partner has a solution to help you out! So try and incorporate these into your day so that you can enjoy living in the moment; your friends and family might even thank you for it too!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat