Do you ever find your mind wandering when you are trying to be present in a conversion? Maybe you find yourself going through your to-do list while you want to be reading a book? Or you’re constantly trying to predict your future?
Yep. We all do it. Living in the moment is so simple to desire, yet so difficult to accomplish.
Imagine what life would be like if we were always able to see beauty in the present. I hope these tips inspire you to find happiness and joy here and now.
10 Tips to Be Present
- Stop. Right now. And think about something you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a deep thought. Just find something that brings a smile to your face – could be the new shirt you are wearing or the birds chirping outside.
- Set an intention. First thing in the morning, set an intention for how you want your day to go. Your intention could be to laugh a bit more, to express gratitude in your actions, to talk to your family more, etc. Each day I set a mantra that I repeat in my mind whenever I start to feel stressed or have a negative thought to stay centered. (Today my mantra is “I am glowing.”)
- Turn off social media notifications. It can be so fun browsing through your social feeds on Instagram or Facebook, but what’s the point? Spend time consuming your own world. See my previous blog post with tips to get offline.
- Do one thing at a time. Life can be very rushed, so try to focus on accomplishing one task at a time. I bet it will feel better as you cross things off your list rather than jumping from one thing to another. This is also key when sitting down for a meal. Savor each bite of food. It will even probably force you to eat a bit slower too.
- Look people in the eye when you speak to them. Human interaction matters, and believe it or not, people have interesting things to say. By looking someone in the eye when you are talking to them, you are more likely to be engaged in the conversation.
- Help others. By living in the moment, you aren’t thinking about where you need to be next. Do you see someone that looks unhappy? Find a compliment to cheer them up. Do you have a free hour in your day? Call a loved one and see if they need you to run to the store for them. Find ways in the here and now to do something meaningful and good.
- Sing! Who cares if you have a horrible voice? Singing feels good, so do it.
- Be still. Have a moment of silence to just listen to your surroundings and be aware of your body in this world. Soak in the smells, the sounds, and the scenery.
- Give someone and hug. Even if you aren’t a touchy-feely person, try this out. A good hug feels amazing.
- Think of what you’d do if it was your last day, and do it. But don’t make it some shoot for the stars, lofty action, do something that is completely feasible today.
How do you get rid of your “monkey mind” and remain present?