You’ve got to live in the moment… it’s easy advice to give out and to hear, but is it quite so easy to put into practice? Living in the moment and paying attention to what is happening right now around you sounds wonderful, but with so much going on and everyone being so busy, it also might sound impossible.
The good news is that it’s not impossible. In fact, there are some simple ways to really live in the moment that you can start implementing today, and you’ll soon start to feel the benefits.
Conquer Your Addictions
Addictions can be the thing that is stopping you from enjoying your life to the fullest and really being able to live in the moment. If you are always looking for the next drink or fix of drugs, or the next chance to smoke a cigarette, for example, then you won’t be noticing what is happening around you. Get help with your addiction from The Recovery Village, not just so that you can live in the moment but because they can lead to all kinds of health issues including borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Remove What You Don’t Need
Living a more minimal life doesn’t mean you have to give up everything and live on just bread and water. It simply means that it’s time to clear away anything that you no longer need or that doesn’t make you happy. Older possessions are often linked to memories, and although some memories are good, others may not be so great, and it is these items that should be discarded.
If you really can’t bear to remove them entirely from your home, put them in a box and place them in the attic, basement, or into storage. That way, your home will be full of things that you love without causing clutter that can cause stress. Remember, living or sleeping in a room where piles are high can lead to poor sleeping patterns and added worry. Minimalism is a great means of keeping stress to a minimum.
Appreciate The Little Things
To start living in the moment, you need to appreciate the little things, no matter how small. If they cheer you up and make you stop and pause to think, then they are worth admiring. It might be a sunrise, a beautiful sky, a flower growing where nothing else can, a cat lounging in a front yard, or any number of little, day to day things that will keep you grounded and happy. Use all of your senses including sight, smell, and hearing, and enjoy everything.
By walking around holding onto past hurts, you are never able to truly live in the moment and enjoy it for what it is. There will always be something holding you back from fully engaging with what is happening around you.
It is best, therefore, to choose to forgive those who have hurt you and move on with your life. If you don’t, you are missing out on the happiness you could be having, and they will have hurt you even more. Let go of grudges.
Author: Adrian is a lifelong thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie. A freelance sports writer, Adrian is passionate about health and fitness and pushing his body to limits. Whether he’s rambling in the beautiful Cotswolds or bunjy jumping in New Zealand, Adrian is a fervent believer in making the most of the great outdoors.