If the modern world is filled with an abundance of anything, it’s stress. From the moment we wake up to the time we settle down for bed, our minds are constantly whirring around, worrying about everything and anything they can think of.
One of the best ways to deal with stress is to realize where it is coming from. When you really think about it, most of our worries come from things in the past or in the future. We get anxious about events coming up or can’t stop going over embarrassing things that have happened in the past.
Live In The Moment
That makes the current moment the most valuable source of time. We spend so long living in the past and future that we forget about the present; the right here, right now. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing the mind into the brain gently into the current moment where stress isn’t abolished but minimized and easier to handle.
Current research suggests that mindfulness can actually improve not only aspects of our mental being but our physical being, too. Lower blood pressure, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved memory, better focus, more emotional control, improved cognition and brain power, reduced inflammation, and so much more comes from just being a little bit more mindful of the current moment.
Put It In Action
But how do you actually become more mindful? It’s all well and good thinking you need to become more present, but actually doing so can be extremely difficult. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks you can implement to help bring yourself out of your normal ways and at the current moment.
The first tip is something everyone know is good for them, but never actually does, and that’s to meditate. Meditation takes away any outside distractions to leave you and your monkey brain alone. This makes it a lot easier to concentrate and acknowledge any thoughts trying to pull you away.
Another method is to put up reminders around the house. Similar to inception where they have totems to let them know that they’re in the dream world, putting up reminders can help you to notice when you’re living in the future or the past. Post-it notes are a great idea and can be stuck on your bathroom mirror, fridge, and laptop.
Positivity breeds positivity
Lastly, don’t beat yourself up when you do realize you’re out of the present. Be gentle with your mind and guide it like a child, don’t battle or abuse it as that will only make your mentality worse. Work with your mind, slowly raining it back in when it wanders off.
It may not seem like much, but the more you live in the present, the easier you’ll see the world around you and deal with what comes your way.