Are you doing the best that you can right now? Are you giving it your all and taking advantage of this very moment in time, or are you coasting through life on autopilot? Doing the best that you can at this moment doesn’t mean overworking yourself or stressing out over every little thing—it simply means that when faced with an obstacle, challenge, or task to complete, you do everything in your power to succeed.
The Power of Now
Many people are caught up in regret and worry about what they could have done or should have done or what they can do now. When we get to the point where we realize that this is happening, it’s important to remember that there is no ‘should have’ and no ‘what ifs’. It’s only right now, so we need to live each moment as if it were our last because it might be our last! It’s not about being happy all the time but enjoying this moment, at least for a little while, to make sure we’re doing everything with a sense of awareness and appreciation for life. The Power of Now is about living every moment with your fullest awareness: a state of deep enjoyment and gratitude for every detail of life as it unfolds.
Start by sitting down and taking a deep breath, clear your mind of anything else and focus on what is happening now. Now ask yourself: What are my thoughts? What am I feeling? Am I comfortable? How am I acting right now? Are these feelings how I want to be feeling right now? If not, what do I need to do to change it? Ask yourself these questions and then try to change your mood or situation so that it matches your desired state. It may take time, but it is worth it in the long run.
The Importance of Mindfulness
Often, we focus on what is not going right or what we think could go wrong. This type of thinking is all too common and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Luckily, there are ways to combat these thoughts such as practicing mindfulness, which is a way of focusing on what’s happening in the present moment without judging it as good or bad. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress hormones, improve mood, and reduce symptoms of depression.
The Benefits of Being in the Moment
This is not an easy life lesson to learn, but it’s one of the most important lessons we can learn: Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. It doesn’t matter if your day has been filled with triumphs or setbacks. If you are attentive and present, those moments add up to make your life whole and meaningful. Here are some ways being mindful and fully participating in each present moment can help
How to Be More Mindful
Mindfulness can help increase your happiness and well-being. Here are some mindfulness practices to do at work:
-Don’t multitask, focus on one thing at a time. -Take deep breaths throughout the day to help relax your mind and body. -Create a to do list for each day, with just three items or less that are clearly defined so that you can accomplish them easily. -Recognize when your emotions change, be aware of how they are changing and what might have caused them to change.