Take a deep breath, set aside all your worries and take a moment to live in the present. Put aside all your worries about the future and all your thoughts of the past, and simply enjoy the moment you’re experiencing right now. It feels good. Have you ever wondered what the best way to focus on being in the present actually is? We’ll walk you through it below.
1. Start your day with gratitude. List three things, either out loud or in a journal, that you are grateful for having in your life today. This will help your mind focus on positive things, instead of obsessing on negative stuff, what you don’t have going for you or even things that other people have.
People who regularly practice gratitude by taking the time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
2. Pick one thing to do slowly, then immerse yourself in it. It can be having one small cup of coffee, or listening to one song, or taking a short walk after dinner. Try not to multitask while you’re doing it (don’t make a phone call, text, or listen to the news at the same time). Stay in that moment; live it.
3. Hit the pause button on your busy day and just breathe. It’s something done automatically, so you rarely pay attention until you reach a moment when you’re literally “out of breath.” Take a few minutes to close your eyes, calm down, then inhale and exhale deeply for ten counts. It’s a good way to center the mind and shut off the noise. Let time stand still for a bit. You own it at this very moment.
4. Be Social and Share Gratitude. Our relationships with others are the greatest determinant of our happiness. And while you’re at it, why not include others directly into your expression of gratitude?. You could share the day’s grateful moments around the dinner table. The conversations that follow may give you even more reasons to give thanks.