Let go of the past and stop worrying about the future…
Have you ever found yourself driving somewhere, whether it be to work or to a friends house; but once you get to your destination you have no recollection of how you got there? It’s almost as if we go into autopilot, we do all of these things without actually focusing on it or without really thinking about what is happening. Sometimes I think that this maybe because our minds are so preoccupied with so many other thoughts, possibly about things that haven’t even happened yet, that we completely lose focus on what’s going on right in front of us in that moment. So why should we live in the present?
Learning how to live in the present can be difficult, especially if all you focus on are the challenges, difficulties and any negativity in your every day life. Learning how to ground yourself in the good moments of each and every day will bring you happiness and success; especially if you set yourself goals and commit to taking daily steps towards them. If you are focused on what has happened to you in the past or constantly looking towards the future; then you are missing out on what is happening right now. Focusing on right now, rather than on problems, past mistakes and so on; will help you to concentrate on what makes you happy.
Reasons To Live In The Present
When you start choosing to live in the present, it can help you feel more in control, less stressed; and a lot happier. Training your mind into living in the present, you will find yourself –
- Worrying less
- Having more energy
- Being more focused
- Feeling happier and more appreciative
- Feeling calmer and more peaceful
- Enjoying moments for what they are
- Feeling more confident
- Being more honest
- Letting go of regrets and grudges
- Feeling more fulfilled
How To Live In The Present?
I came across a great article which gives you ten tips on how to live in the present. If you are interested in seeing these tips then just click here and fill your boots! They are just small things which you can include in your every day life, however they will make a big difference. Here are the list of ten tips at a glance (Source: found here) –
- Remove unneeded possessions
- Fully appreciate the moments of today
- Forgive past hurts
- Love your job
- Dream about the future, but work hard today
- Don’t dwell on past accomplishments
- Stop worrying (easier said than done I know!)
- Think beyond old solutions to problems
- Conquer addictions
My Personal Tip
I think it’s so important for us to start being more present, not only with everything that goes on in our lives, but with the people in them too. For me personally, being more present I have found myself feeling a lot happier and with a much healthier outlook on life.
If I ever find myself slipping into a mindset where I’m worrying about the future (or anything for that matter!), I have started to train my mind into focusing on what is going on around me at that very moment. Whether it be focusing on the noise going on around me; to focusing on the scenery outside. Sometimes when I’m on my travels, I try and find something that I haven’t noticed before. For example, I take the same route to work every day and it’s very familiar to me, but when I discover something new on my way there, it makes me feel like I’m much more present and aware of my surroundings. Like I’m more in tune with the world around me. Does that make sense or does that sound silly? Either way, it works for me!
Take A Deep Breath & Enjoy The Moment!
Anyway, I thought this was an interesting topic to write about, as I have found that quite a few people in my life have found it hard to relax recently. They can’t stop worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet or stressing about things that are out of their control. So let’s all take a deep breath, set aside all your worries and take a moment to live in the present. Put aside all of your worries about the future and all of your thoughts of the past; and simply enjoy the moment you’re experiencing right now. I know it’s easier said than done, but if you really focus on and appreciate even just the small moments of today; you will soon start to see the benefits and you will feel a hell of a lot more fulfilled!
So what do you guys think? Do you struggle with living in the moment? Do you ever catch yourself being far too focused and worried about the future? Let me know your thoughts and any further tips you may have below!
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