10 Tips on how to live in the moment and savour every bit of it
Many of us spend far too much time pondering the past and fretting about the future. So much so that we often miss what is happing right now. Living the moment is a strategy you can adopt for your whole life. It’s the art of being more attentive and more aware. In theory, that should be a very difficult thing to do. In practice, though, it’s all too easy to let moments pass you by while you are deep in thought about something else. If you’d like to stop missing out on some of the wonderful things that are happening around and make more of your days, read these ten tips on how to live in the moment and love every minute of it.
1. Let the past go
You can’t completely forget your past; it’s what has brought you to where you are and what has shaped you as a person. If you want to live in the moment, you will need to start to be able to learn lessons from the past, but not dwell in it. There is nothing to be gained by spending hours and hours wondering about what might have been, so let the past go and get on with living now.
2. Put more thought into what you are doing
Living in the moment means being a lot more aware of everything you do. Put more thought into everything, even the mundane, everyday chores, and you will find that you will get much more out of your day. When you eat your food, for example, take your time and savour every mouthful. Think about the flavour, the texture, and make eating something to be enjoyed, rather than just a task that has to be completed.
3. Learn to express your gratitude
There are so many things in life to be grateful for, yet most of us barely take any notice of them at all. Friends, family, hobbies that we enjoy, and the basics of life, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we have to eat. If you start to think more about these things and be grateful for them, you will appreciate what you have all the more.
4. Don’t worry about the things that you can’t change
We all experience high levels of stress these days, it’s just a part of modern life, but a lot of the things that we worry about are the things over which we have no control. Worrying solves nothing at all. It just prevents you enjoying the moment. Try to accept that there are some things that are completely out of control and understand that there is no use in worrying about them. Put those things to the back of your mind and focus your attention on what you are doing right now.
5. Try meditation
Meditation is the perfect way to bring you back to the moment. Whether you go to yoga class, or you just find a quiet spot and meditate on your own, the trick is to learn to be able to unclutter your mind and connect with the here and now. Mediation is not difficult to do; you could just sit quietly and focus on your breathing. In time, it will teach you how to control your thoughts better and that will help you live in the moment more often.
6. Trim down your schedule
If you want to be more mindful, you are probably going to have to trim down your daily schedule a bit, so that you have more time to enjoy things. Don’t overload yourself with too many tasks in the day, because you need time for breaks, a proper lunch, and a little bit of me time. Go through your diary and ask yourself: “Do I really need to be doing that?” It’s better to have time to enjoy a few things, than to rush through as many things as you can.
7. Take more time out
Once you have got your diary looking a bit more realistic, you will be able to schedule in some time for a bit of relaxation and contemplation. Allow for some time alone, away from work, phones, and other distractions. If you work in a busy office the best thing you can do is go out for a walk and take in all the sights and sounds of what is happening around you.
8. Go with your heart
Living in the moment and savouring every day can mean throwing caution to the wind and going with what feels right. Try not to double guess yourself all the time and, within reason, don’t spend too much time worrying about the consequences. If your heart is telling you to do something, go for it and enjoy the experience.
9. Stop planning out every second of the day
Living in the moment also means being able to be a bit more spontaneous; so stop trying to plan out your day too much. If you can, leave room in your schedule for the unexpected. Then, if you go out for lunch and you meet a really interesting person, you sit and talk to them for a few hours instead of rushing starch back.
10. Don’t worry so much about what other people think
To savour every minute of every day, you really do need to adopt a bit of a carefree attitude. Don’t worry what other people think about your new lifestyle, live it the way that you want to. Living in the moment means soaking up every experience and living life to the max. Not everyone is ready to do that, but ignore them, and get on with enjoying your own life.