One of the hardest and best things I’ve learned how to do is live in the present. It’s not always easy of course, and I do have blips now and again, but I know when I’m truly present I’m at my happiest and most grounded.
I’m able to slow down and appreciate what I’m doing in that particular moment – what I’m eating, what I’m seeing, who I’m with, how I’m feeling and so on. And the more I practice staying present, the more I appreciate the beauty around me and avoid spending time worrying about the future, and about things that will likely never happen.
Here’s 6 tools I use that help me stay present:
Taking deep belly breaths helps to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system which is the resting part of your body. This helps us to relax and lower our stress response.
I take time every day to sit in silence. Whether it’s 5 or 20 minutes it’s really the consistency of practicing that helps keep me grounded and calm throughout the day. Well, most days! lol
I like to keep mine right next to my bed so I can write my thoughts first thing in the morning and last thing at night right before bed. It’s an amazing way to clear your mind.
Moving always helps me get out of my head and into my body. Whether it’s a morning walk or a run, getting that rush of endorphins and blood pumping is one of my best tools to keep my mind at ease and anchor me for the day ahead.
TIME IN NATURE
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get outside and connect with nature. It is such a great way to remind ourselves that our problems are pretty small compared to the size of the world. We’re a mere speck in a massive universe.
Another way to get out of your head is to find ways to help others. Not only will this add value to their life, but it will also help you to stay positive and present.
When I make these tools a part of my daily routine, I am at my happiest, most grounded and appreciative to the many blessings in my life. I encourage you to give it a try and see what happens.
Here’s to your health and happiness.
Love Gaynor x