The advice to “live in the moment,” or some variation, can be found in a million different articles, books, videos, and podcasts. But if it were that easy, we would all be doing it. We wouldn’t need to be told to do it. So how does it work? How do we live in the moment? I’ll go over this in today’s blog post.
When you aren’t living in the moment, you become a victim of time. Your mind is pulled into the past or the future, or both. Of course, it’s natural to spend moments of thought in the past or daydream of the future. But often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved, and we worry about the future and overthink the past.
Choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs your enjoyment but also robs you of truly living. The only important moment is the present moment.
Here are some tricks to help you along the way to live in the moment, live more mindful, and become happier in the process.
How To Live In The Moment
Find A Job You Love
If you’re in a job where you already dream about Friday on a Monday, then you know there’s something wrong. You spend a huge part of your life at your job and you don’t want to survive every week. This holds you back from living in the present moment; you only long for the weekend.
This is not how you want to live your life, so if this is the case with your job, it might be time to start looking for something else. Ask yourself what makes you happy, which tasks you like, which tasks you hate, and what company you want to work for. etc.
Appreciate The Little Things (and The Big Ones!)
This might sound obvious, but I don’t know about you, but I sometimes forget to be grateful. Life goes by so quickly that you easily miss appreciating the little things, such as a gorgeous sunny day or someone who made you laugh. You might not even notice the big things in life! This is a sign that you don’t live in the moment.
The best thing to do to make yourself aware of the things around you is to make a list of 3-5 things you’re grateful for every day. This will help you notice the small (and big) but awesome things around you!
Forgive Past Hurt
Holding resentment towards another person because of the past holds you from living in the present. It’s easier said than done but choose to forgive and move on. The pain is/was their fault, but allowing it to impact your mood today is yours. Let go and choose to be present in the moment instead.
The present moment can only be as it is. Trying to change it only frustrates and exhausts you. Acceptance relieves you of this extra suffering. Acceptance of an unpleasant state doesn’t mean you don’t have goals for the future. It just means you accept that certain things are beyond your control.
Be More Positive
Don’t dwell on the past, mistakes, on every little thing in life. Try to be more positive instead. If you try to make the best out of every situation, you’ll enjoy your life more and be more present. If you like your life in the present moment, you don’t have to live in the past or worry about the future.
You are in control of your mood every morning; keep it positive. Be intentional about it; you’ll find yourself doing it every day without even realizing it.
Stop waiting for a better life, better health, a better job, more money, etc. How many of us are waiting for “something better” to come along? I see myself thinking like this now and then. We dream about the future and when things “will be better.” We believe the most important moment is still to come, yet NOW is the only critical moment.
If there’s something that really needs to change in your life, then work for it. Stop waiting for it just to happen because it won’t suddenly be there. If you want something, you have to put in the work.
Give Your Friends’ Attention
Yes, your full attention. Put your phone away and listen to what your friend tells you. You will often find that they will return the same act and listen to you more mindfully when you speak, making your relationship with the other person more vital and more meaningful.
Moreover, I genuinely believe you will enjoy the moments with your friends even more if you live in the moment. Give them your attention, laugh, and have fun!
Conclusion On Tips To Live In The Moment
Living in the moment is an invaluable life skill that can help us to be happier, more mindful, and present. By practicing the tips outlined in this article, we can become more aware of ourselves and the world around us.
Whether through gratitude, meditation, or simply being more mindful of our thoughts, we can learn how to be more in tune with our lives and the moments we experience. With a bit of practice, we can enjoy the present moment and create a happier life for ourselves.