Living in the moment will lead to a happier life and more enjoyable experiences. Otherwise, one day looking back you’ll realize how much of life you’ve missed.
Here are 12 things you can start doing to better live in the moment and be mindful of all that’s going on around you:
1 – Take a few conscious breaths.
Breathing is something we all do automatically. Thanks to awesome brain functions, we don’t have to worry much about inhaling and exhaling. Stopping to take a few deep breaths will force you to slow down and turn off the auto-pilot for a minute.
2 – Make to-do lists for later.
Anytime an errand crosses your mind, write it down and put the list aside. At the end of the day, go through and complete some of the items on the list, but never think twice about the tasks once they are written down.
3 – Do more of what you enjoy.
Pay attention to the activities that make you smile and forget all of life’s issues. Do more of those things, schedule them into your week, and enjoy.
4 – Take mental photos of gratitude.
When something awesome happens or whenever a person makes you laugh out loud, take a few moments to express how glad you are that this event happened or how happy you are to spend time with that person. No matter how simple it seems, if it lightens your heart, show gratitude for it. Write it down, smile about it, think about it during rough times – but remember and be grateful.
5 – Reflect on the happenings of the day when you lay down at night.
Think about everything – the good, the bad, the laughs, the cries, the faces you saw, the ones you wanted to see, etc. Reflect on the day as a whole.
6 – Avoid judging others.
Most often, judgement is a purely negative experience. It traps you in your mind and thoughts and keeps you from living in the moment. Plus, it wastes precious time that could be spent doing something more positive/productive.
7 – Feel everything.
Take a minute to feel. Can you feel your phone in your hand, your butt in a seat, your feet on the floor, and/or the shirt on your skin? Think and focus on the sense of feeling.
8 – Listen to everything.
Hear all of the words your friend or coworker speaks to you without thinking of responses. Hear every word in a song on the radio. Listen to the birds chirping outside the window and the cars driving by your workplace. Close your eyes and listen.
9 – See all that passes.
What color is your patient wearing? How many people did you pass in the grocery store? What color was the cashier’s eyes? What’s the number on the license plate on the car in front of you at the stoplight? Focus, and see.
10 – Taste with every bite.
Sometimes we eat our meals so quickly throughout the day that we don’t even savor all the amazing flavors. At your next meal, with each and every bite on your fork, truly taste all the aspects of your meal – the seasoning, the oils, the good and the not-so-good. Pay attention.
11 – Smell all the fragrances in your surrounding world.
Our brains filter out so much of what’s sent to them, thankfully so, but often we miss out on experiencing the awesome smell of a flower, perfume, or pine tree. Take 5 minutes to smell all that’s around your typical area. You might notice a scent you never knew was there.
12 – Smile more often.
Psychologically, smiling can improve your mood, no matter if you are fake smiling or genuinely smiling. Try watching a funny video or looking at silly photos on the internet. Find a way to smile. It will improve your mood and probably make others around you smile, too. A good attitude helps you get through the day as you won’t be wishing for the end so much.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you try some of the things on this list and begin a life of living in the moment!