50 Things to Know About Living in the Moment: Surefire Tips to Truly Make the Most of Every Moment of Your Life

Living in the moment

 

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

–Buddha

 

 

1.Do Not Take Things Too Seriously

Life is too short to take things too seriously.  You will definitely agree that what usually rob you of joy are your unreal problems.  Certain things or situations only become a problem when you consider them to be so.  If you can find humor in your own troubles, you will actually begin to see them in a different light.  Instead of dwelling too much on your troubles, be mindful of the solutions you have to take to solve them.

2.Watch Your Diet

Be mindful of the food you eat and the beverages you drink.  When you try to take conscious effort in eating only healthy snacks and meals, you will be able to maintain your regular weight easily.  The problem with most overweight individuals is that they tend to confuse being thirsty with being hungry.  However, if you are more conscious of the amount of food you eat and how often you eat, you will easily discover that what you actually need at the moment is only a glass of water to feel full.

3.  Meditate Every Day

According to many experts, meditation actually helps in increasing the awareness level of an individual.  Considered as essential in managing depression and anxiety, meditation also helps in enhancing your cognitive function, reducing your stress and making you feel much better.  If you try to incorporate a half-hour meditation into your daily activities, you will feel some improvement in your mental and physical health.

4.  Accept the Things that You Cannot Change

Acceptance is a main component in attaining peace of mind.  You should know that there are just some things in your life that you cannot change.  You are actually doing yourself a favor if you only try to muster your courage to accept those things that are beyond your control.  You must know that no matter how you want a person or a situation to change, there may be times when the best way to do is to accept that person for who he or she is or the situation. However, always remember that you can change the way you react to the person or to the situation.

5. Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

You will attain some sense of wonder and ease as you spend some time enjoying the beauty of nature.  According to research, being outdoors can help improve attention, memory and energy levels.  You can go river rafting, zip lining, hiking, mountain climbing or simply go on a picnic with your family or friends at the nearby mountain park to explore nature.What’s more, enjoying the outdoors can also relieve stress.

6. Try Some New Experiences

Living mindfully does not mean living on autopilot in which you do not need to think to do a certain task.Doing the same things without even actively engaging in doing these things day in and day out is not the way to live well.  You need to have some new experiences every now and then.  You can start simply by making some changes in the way you do a certain task for instance.  If you have always been eating the same food for breakfast, you can change the menu from time to time.

7. Use Your Phone Appropriately

In the advent of mobile devices, you definitely need conscious effort to control your phone usage.  Being mindful of your phone usage means that you know exactlywhen to use or not to use your smartphone without sacrificing your quality time with your family.  The thing is, your smartphone is only meant to be used as a communication device and not meant to become the cause of lack of communication with your family.

8. Avoid Doing Two Things at the Same Time

It is perfectly all right to get busy.  However, this does not mean doing two or many different tasks in one sitting.  Killing two birds with one stone does not always guarantee a more effective result.  In fact, studies show that people who tend to do two or more things in the same moment actually use up to 50% more time in finishing their task and are even 50% more prone to making mistakes in what they are doing.

9.Focus on Your Breathing

Those people who are truly engaged in what they are doing are also mindful of their breathing.  You can improve your overall mental and physical state simply by breathing properly.  When you are feeling tensed, you will discover that you are either breathing fast or you have stopped breathing for a moment.  You should develop the habit of breathing calmly as this will help you relax your mind and body.

10.Do Something Creative

When you engage yourself in doing something creative, you are actually increasing your levels of consciousness and awareness.  Regardless of the activity you do, whether you are baking or painting on a canvas, you can experience something sublime and a sense of calmness as long as you are doing something creative.  Other creative activities include writing a story, composing a song, inventing a new recipe and knitting a sweater.

 

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