Here are our top 10 tips to be more present in your everyday life.
It is so easy to forget how important it is to live in the moment, with no distractions, no anxiety, no phones, no pressure. We forget the positive impact that being more present has, not just with our own sense of self but also for the people we surround ourselves with.
Think back to the last time you were truly present. What were you doing? Who were you with? How did it make you FEEL?
The chances are the feeling was positive… so how can you re-create this feeling more frequently to make sure that you’re not trying to pour from an empty cup?
These are our top 10 ideas. Give them a go and let us know which work best for you:
1. Social Free Sundays
Ban social media from your life on Sundays. Be present, live in the moment. Do something that doesn’t require an internet connection.
2. Read a book
Find a new book to get lost in – one that isn’t work/education related. The trashier the better.
3. Go to Yoga or Meditate
Find a yoga class or a meditation class to join at least once a week, if you can’t make it to class, find something online. Get in a meditative state…
4. Take a walk in nature
Being outdoors has also been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
5. Complete a workout
Find some kind of movement based activity that challenges you enough to keep you present and focussed not to mention the added rush of endorphins exercising will give you.
Spend 15 mins each day writing out your thoughts. Don’t over think it, just get in the habit of putting pen to paper. In time, you’ll start to make more sense of your thoughts and it will serve as a great outlet for those things that play on your mind.
7. Take a fancy bath
Add all the goodness: We’re talking bath oils, bath bombs, light some candles, put on some soothing music.
8. Hang with your funny friend
We all have that one friend, the makes us laugh till our sides hurt. Spend some time with them, soak up the fun times.
9. Do some breathing exercises
Our favourite: Place one hand on your belly, one hand on your chest and take a deep breath in through the nose making sure that the belly moves first and not the chest, then exhale fully drawing belly button to spine. Aim for 8-10 deep breaths per minute for 10 mins.
10. JUST DO NOTHING
It’s also totally ok to sit, in your PJs, eat carbs and binge watch a Netflix series. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling as though you must be doing something all of the time. Sometimes, the most soul nourishing thing you can do for yourself is sweet F-A.
“We need to find balance between being connected to millions of people around the world and being present with the people we love, standing right next to us:”