Self-Care
Are You Being Present?

Are You Being Present?

by Alyssa Spencer

We tend to worry, stress, and feel anxiety around what has happened in the past and what is going to happen in the future.  Sometimes we focus so much on what’s going on around us that we forget to stop and live with the present moment.  Technology exacerbates our distraction from being present. Because it has made connecting with friends, family, and our work much easier, we are rarely present in our daily lives. The constant access to emails, social media, knowledge, games, and more means that we are often distracted and overwhelmed Focusing on being present brings many benefits, such as better mood, improved sleep, less stress, and overall satisfaction with life.

Being present takes intentional effort.

Here are 5 tips to begin your journey to successfully living in the present.

  1. Meditate
    Find somewhere where you won’t be disturbed.  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and spend 3-5 minutes focusing on your breathing.  Concentrate on being fully present. 
  2. Reflect
    Start a journal that helps you keep track of how present you were on a daily basis.
  3. Use Your Senses
    Take some time every day to focus on what you see, smell, touch, hear, and taste.
  4. Take a Break from Technology
    Put your phone away for an hour and take a walk. Spend time focusing on your senses. How does your body feel?
  5. Listen Actively
    Listen to others with the intent to hear rather than respond. Be present in the conversation and try not to let you mind drift. Focus on what they are saying, strengthen your attention, and connect to the conversation.

Sources:
10 Best Practices for Being Present
How to Live in the Present Moment