Living in the present is not always easy. With a mile-long to-do list, texts and alerts popping up on your mobile device, the media instilling fear, and multiple distractions everywhere, it is a challenge to “Be Where Your Feet Are.” Anxiety about the future or regrets regarding the past can cloud the ability to savor the present moment. LIVE YOUNGER by learning to enjoy the here and now. It’s a skill. START SOMEWHERE with just one of these ten simple strategies:
- Put your phone on silent and keep it in your pocket or purse. Try not looking at it for one hour a day. Work up to more time free of interruption.
- Practice “doing nothing” for three minutes. It’s tougher than you think!
- Notice the details of your daily routines. For example, when you brush your teeth, think about how good it feels. When you drive into your neighborhood, notice the details. When you enter your home environment, intentionally soak in the comfort.
- Redirect your mind when it focuses on anything but the person you are with at this moment in time. Give that person your undivided attention.
- Consider taking a vacation from future concerns for a set period of time. Ask yourself “What can I really do about (the particular challenge) at this moment?” Worry is counterproductive! On average, 85 percent of negative predictions do not come true.
- Make a small change in one of your routines to make you more aware of your surroundings. Try taking a different route for your evening walk. See how many different kinds of trees you can spot.
- Find a quiet spot and meditate on Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God”.
- Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Think about the amazing design of your body. Without opening your eyes, observe the world around you: what do you hear, smell, feel? Pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally.
- Consider “waiting” to be a good thing. Rather than becoming impatient and letting yourself get irritated, be grateful for the time to notice your surroundings and people watch.
- Practice gratitude for something super simple. One of my favorite childhood memories is being out in the country with my grandparents and spending time looking up at the stars.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift.
That’s why it is called THE PRESENT.
Decrease your stress quotient and LIVE YOUNGER. It’s a skill that you can START SOMEWHERE developing with small steps. “Be where your feet are” for a tiny piece of your today. You can do it. I will help you.