By: Grace Gufler
We spend most of our time thinking about the past or planning for the future. As a result, many of us struggle to center ourselves in the present. In this blog post, you will find some tips to help you be more present in your daily life.
- Practice Mindfulness: there are many benefits to practicing mindfulness and one of these is learning the skill of centering one’s body and mind in the present moment. For this exercise, you can spend as little as 5-10 minutes on it, once it is mastered. Sit in a quiet room in a comfortable position with no noise or distractions. Close your eyes and accept any thoughts that come into your mind. Accept the thoughts as they come in, make space for them and then push them from your mind. Imagine these thoughts washing down a drain and use your senses to come back into the present. Notice the hum of the air conditioner or the feel of the carpet on your feet. This will help bring your mind back to the present and, in time, this will be a tool you can use in many different environments.
- Separate Work from Home: it is common for people to struggle with being present at home after a long and stressful day of work. These thoughts can be very intrusive, distracting and damaging to our life at home. We turn to T.V., podcasts, music or maybe even end up working at home, in an attempt to distract ourselves. As a result, our brain is overstimulated which can lead to difficulty sleeping, dependency on devices, and strains on interpersonal relationships. To help you be more present at home, it can be helpful to engage in a routine behavior or activity in between work and home. For example, every day after work, I take my dog for a 30-minute walk and then take a shower. I have set a rule for myself that this is my only time to process any thoughts or feelings about work. Afterwards, my personal life begins. Give yourself time between work and home to be alone with your thoughts and allow your brain to process all the information it received that day. This will help improve your ability to focus and enjoy your time at home.
- Practice Self-Care: I cannot emphasize enough how important self-care is for mental health. Self-care does not have to be meditation, journaling or yoga. Self-care is anything that replenishes and reenergizes you. Here are some examples: getting a pedicure or massage, taking a walk, cooking, gardening or crafting. Spend 5-10 minutes on self-care every day and this will assist you in clearing your mind to be in the present.
I hope this blog post helps you live in the present moment and find more joy in your daily life.