Live in the Moment, following these steps
Living in the present moment always is not an easy task. It must have come to your notice that sometimes your thoughts are overwhelmed by regrets regarding anxiety, past events or of the future. These thoughts make it hard to be mindful of the present and live every moment. If you find it difficult to live in the moment, you may find simple strategies below that are helpful. There are small things that may be followed throughout the day such as practising meditation, learning the art of mindfulness or by performing acts of kindness randomly. You may learn to live in the moment through these:
1. Begin small. You may be tempted to overhaul your lifestyle completely, but that is not required to start living in this moment. You may begin small by incorporating one new habit at a time. When you feel the habit is mastered, add a new one.
Meditating for 20 minutes at a stretch is good, but while starting, begin with three minutes a day and gradually increase the meditation time as per your comfort. Avoid talking or texting on the phone without valid reason. Replace this time with positive mindful activities such as yoga or meditation.
2. Notice details of your routine activities. Learn to live in the moment as a part of the routine. Incorporate mindfulness by deliberately noticing details of your routine. Focus on the sound, sight, smell, and feel of your daily routine. Live every moment in your routine. For example: Notice the toothpaste smell, the way it feels and also the brush sound rubbing your teeth.
3. Send your mind back if it wanders. It is normal to wander, but to live in the moment, keep your mind focused to the present moment. If you notice your wandering mind, use redirection gently to focus on the present. Acknowledge the fact that your mind is wandering by itself. So do not get upset, it happens. Accept it took a mental vacation and focus on getting back to the present.
4. Opt for a mindfulness cue. This may be tough to remember to be mindful particularly if you are busy. A mindfulness cue works like a string tied around the wrist or a coin in your shoe that when felt or seen reminds you to be mindful. These cues are for you to live this moment, so immediately stop and observe your surroundings.