Tune in not out. We live in an age of technology that makes it easy to interact with people virtually and remove ourselves from the people and situations around us. While activities like listening to our headphones, spending time on social media, and playing video games are not harmful, and can be therapeutic at times, it is important to not spend too much time removed from those around you. Try commuting to work without your headphones or the radio several times a week. Instead talk to those around you, take some time to mediate, or just take note of the scenery around you. Focusing on your surroundings and those around you is the easiest way to stay present in your daily life.
Stop and take a bite out of life. Try eating your food slower. While you are chewing, take some time to think about the taste and texture of your food. Eating your food slower not only allows you to enjoy and appreciate your food more, but helps you to focus on the present. You will eat less with your eyes and more with all of your senses.
Enjoy nature. Take some time every day to sit outside and be in nature. Feel the sun on your skin, the breeze on your face, the smell of grass, etc. Nature can be very peaceful and bring you back into the now. This same principal is also important during the winter. Playing in the snow or taking a short walk outside will have the same benefits as enjoying nature in the warmer months. If you dislike the cold, then take some time everyday to look out a window with a view of some nature. Another alternative could be purchasing some indoor plants that you can care for and appreciate daily.
Focus on one thing at a time. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed by all of the things that we have to do each day. The stress and anxiety from our busy schedules can keep us from being present in the now. You can improve your presence and mindfulness by doing one task at a time. Try starting with your smaller tasks first. You’ll feel more accomplished and less stressed once you have knocked one or two things off your list.
Listen and talk less. Our final suggestion for being more present in your daily life is to listen to what others are saying more than talking yourself. You’ll improve your relationships and connect with your co-workers and loved ones on a deeper level. Listening to and helping others work through the hardships in their lives can also help you to put the minor hardships in your own life into perspective.
Try out one of these suggestions today and we know you will feel more mindful and present in your life than you were yesterday! :)