MINDFULNESS. How to live in the moment.

Life is busy, full of distraction and judgement. More often than not, moments pass us by unobserved and unappreciated. We spend too much time overthinking what’s happened in the past and worrying about the future. As life gets busier we are constantly thinking about and looking for ‘what’s next?’ With this comes stress, anxiety and self-consciousness, which impacts on our happiness. Here are three ways you can focus on just being, and live in the moment.

Let go

Don’t let fear of judgement or self-consciousness keep you from being in the moment. Focus on what’s going on around you and stop overthinking. Think outside of yourself, not about what you’re doing, but about you as part of something.

Savour moments

Don’t let time pass by without stopping to appreciate what’s in front of you and what’s going on around you. Concentrate on your senses, what you can see, feel, smell, taste and hear. How often do we eat a meal without slowing down to really taste the flavours? Rarely do we hear a song and pause to listen to the instruments and appreciate how they all come together. Everyday sights like sunrises and sunsets pass us by, and who stops to look and really take it in? Slow down enough to enjoy and remember moments, regardless of how insignificant they seem.

Limit distractions

Technology provides us with easy access to apps, television and even work outside of work. Our spare time is consumed with social media, catching up on TV series and playing the latest game that everyone’s addicted to. With so many distractions we get caught up in what’s happening on our screens rather than paying attention to what’s happening around us. You go to a concert, the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon and the majority of people are taking in the sights and sounds through the lense of their camera or missing it completely as they check-in on facebook, hashtag on instagram and send snapchat videos to all of their friends. They leave with evidence they have been there but without the memory of how it felt to actually be there, in the moment. Switch off from the things that distract you and that keep you from making the most of the moment you’re in.