Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #26 – Live In the Moment!

Hey Everyone! Hope you are having a great week! Once again this week is f-l-y-i-n-g by! Only 3 more days of school and then it’s Summer Holidays – sort of, but i’ll explain more about that later 🙂

 

Onto TODAY’S CHALLENGE:

live in the moment

Why?

Do you ever feel as if life is passing by way too quickly? That you have no idea where the day/week/month went? Maybe things are crazy busy at work. Maybe there’s a lot going on at home. There’s a good chance that you are so busy thinking about what needs to be done that you’re totally missing out on what’s going on.

Sound familiar?

If so, it’s time to start living in the moment.

How?

Here are 8 ways to help you live in the moment (according to stop and breathe):

1. Tune in to your senses
Tuning in to your senses is one of the best ways to connect with the present and truly live in the moment.  Unfortunately, we all too often dull our senses.  Sometimes we do it intentionally, such as when we block out the sounds around us with music headphones.  Other times we simply ignore our senses.  Have you ever devoured a meal only to realize you didn’t take the time to taste your food?  If you acknowledge and fully experience your senses you’ll become much more present in your life. 

2. Single-task, don’t multi-task
If your attention is divided between multiple tasks it is impossible to live in the moment.  Instead, choose to single-task and focus fully on experiencing the task at hand. Focus on one task at a time and live in the moment.

3. Find your flow
Athletes describe being in “The Zone” as their thoughts and actions flowing seamlessly and with ease.  Artists describe a similar experience in which their creative process takes over and a paintbrush directs itself across a canvas or words effortlessly flow on to the page.  These are excellent examples of living in the moment.  Have you ever experienced this kind of flow in your life?  Perhaps when you cook, when you dance or even when you become immersed in work you’re passionate about?  Spend time doing these activities and when you experience that flow know that you are truly living in the moment.

4. Step back
Most of us are furthest from living in the moment when in stressful situations.  Stress forces us out of the present and we begin to think ahead to the future or to rehash the past in our minds. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, step back.  View the situation as an external witness and watch the events unfold.  This will help you to remain present and better able to respond rather than react.

5. Breathe
The list of responsibilities and distractions we face in life is endless.  They can become overwhelming at times and will easily pull us out of the moment.  The next time you find yourself overwhelmed by thoughts racing through your head, breathe.  By doing so you’ll become refocused and return to the moment.

6. Meditate
Taking the time to breathe properly can help you refocus and return to the present moment when your thoughts become overwhelming.  However, meditation can help you calm your mind and de-clutter those distracting thoughts that cause you to loose focus in the first place.

7. Face your self-conscious fears
It’s impossible to live in the moment if you’re worried what others may think of you.  It is intimidating to put ourselves in the spotlight when we’re self-conscious, but it’s necessary if we’re going to live in the moment.Look for opportunities to face your fear one small step at a time.  Once you’ve gained more confidence, you’ll be less concerned with the opinions of others and be better able to experience the moment.

8. Ignore the future and let the past be
If we’re focused on the future or the past, we’re not in the moment. Let the past be, ignore what is still to come, and simply experience the now.

It is impossible to always live in the moment, especially given the hectic world we live in.  However, by using some of the tips above we can spend more time connected to the present and less time distracted by what has happened or what’s still to come.

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Have a great day, and remember be present!

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