But even though we know how important it is to be more present and live in the moment, it can be hard to remember to. The world is full of chaos. Our lives are busy. Who can blame us?
Well, today I thought I’d share some of my tips for how to be more present in your daily life.
But first, I’d like to talk a little bit about WHY being present is important. Understanding what wonderful benefits come along with it will help you be more determined to be present.
First, being present and living in the moment doesn’t mean that you never give a thought to the past or future. Remembering your past is important – it’s bittersweet to remember the good times you’ve had, the people you’ve loved and lost, and the memories you cherish. And thinking about the future is also important – setting goals, having dreams, and giving yourself something to work toward.
“Living in the moment” is more about letting go of your past pains and future worries so that you can enjoy today. Living in the moment is about giving your attention to the little things that will become bittersweet memories before you know it. It’s about finding joy in your daily life. It’s about being happier and more at peace with where you are now.
Why is being present important?
- It allows you to be grateful for the little things in life
- It allows you to embrace the everyday moments that you may take for granted
- It allows you to stop worrying about what may come tomorrow
- It can greatly reduce stress
- It can help you improve your relationships because you’ll appreciate your people more
- It allows you to better accept who you are
- It helps you notice more about your life
- It allows you to focus on what’s important and let go of what’s not
- It allows you to have a more peaceful life
- It allows you to focus better
- It can improve your memory
So with all of these awesome benefits, it’s no wonder that this mindfulness trend is catching everyone’s attention. The thing is, being mindful is easier said than done.
So here are 5 tips for being more present and living in the moment.
Make peace with the unknown.
Honestly, one of the biggest things I struggle with in life is worrying about the future. I can worry about how something is going to play out tomorrow or what’s going to happen next week or even what my life is going to look like 20 years from now.
I’ve always had problems with the unknowns in life. How is this meeting going to go? Am I going to get that opportunity I’ve been hoping for? Am I going to be where I’m hoping to be 10 years from now? But that’s no way to live life. Worrying about the future literally does NOTHING but rob you of today’s happiness.
So try to make peace with the unknown. There’s nothing you can do to change it anyway. Whatever is meant to be will be – whether it’s good or bad. There’s nothing you can do to change it except try your hardest to succeed right now. Accept that and focus on today. Focusing on the present and doing the best you can do today will greatly improve your chances of success and happiness in the future anyway, right?
Focus on one thing at a time.
Multitasking is something that I struggled with overcoming. But I realize that whenever I’m multitasking, I don’t do my best work on anything. Plus, it’s like I can feel my brain getting overwhelmed. I think this is probably something that most of us have a hard time with. But trust me, once you consciously stop yourself from multitasking and train yourself to focus on one thing at a time, it gets easier and easier.
I’m still not perfect at this, but I don’t struggle with it nearly as much. When you’re doing one thing and you start to realize you’re trying to juggle three other things at the same time, stop yourself. Finish or stop the first task, then move on to the second. You’ll do much better work on everything you do, plus you’ll be more mindful. This is especially important when it comes to people. If someone is talking to you, try to give them your full attention.
Put your phone away.
In this day and age, it’s so easy to stay glued to our phones. We use our phones for so many things – staying in touch with family/friends, looking up answers to questions, finding locations, social media, work, play, the list can go on. Even when we’re making memories, we’re doing it through our camera lens for our Instagram feeds, which makes it harder to actually live and experience the memories.
To be honest, this isn’t something I’ve ever really struggled with. It’s just not hard for me to put my phone on silent and pay attention to what’s going on around me, but I can definitely understand how hard it can be for others! (#nojudgment) The good news is, there are so many things you can do to fight it. Put it on silent, turn it off, turn it on airplane mode, put it away, put it in another room, delete apps that do nothing but waste time, or give yourself a time limit. Years from now, you’ll probably be glad that you spent more time living life instead of living on your phone!
Reflect on your day.
Gratitude is an important part of mindfulness and reflecting on your day is an important part of gratitude. I know that a lot of times you feel worn out and tired by the time you go to bed, but taking a short amount of time to reflect on your day can benefit you in so many ways.
Reflecting on your day allows you to notice the little things, to be more grateful, to be aware of bad habits, and maybe even gain a new perspective on what’s going on in your life. You can download my printable Daily Reflection worksheet to use each night if you enter your name and email below!
Practice makes perfect.
You’re not going to start being perfectly present all the time just because you decided to. As with most things in life, practice makes perfect – and you’re never ever going to be perfect at it, for that matter because humans aren’t perfect.
But there are some things that you can try to do and hobbies that you can pick up that will help you be more calm and present. Here are my favorites:
- Meditation – the most obvious and popular choice, meditation is literally training your brain to be more mindful so it’s super helpful
- Yoga – another effective choice, yoga allows you to practice mindfulness and helps your body in many ways
- Coloring – it helps you focus and it can put you in an almost meditative state
- Walks in nature – when you’re taking a nature walk, pay attention to the plants and animals you see, notice the smells and the fresh air; pay attention to everything
- Chores – you can also practice mindfulness while doing “mindless” tasks like folding laundry, washing dishes, sweeping the floor, etc.