We all know that living in the moment makes life easier and more enjoyable. But it’s hard to do, isn’t it? When you’re stressed out about work or home, or in the middle of what you think will be an epic fight with your significant other, it can feel impossible to just stop and smile. And that’s where mindfulness comes in. Here are some simple ways you can use mindfulness to live in the moment, drop stress and smile more in the process.
Why worry about the past or the future?
The only moment that matters is now. The past cannot be changed and the future will never happen. Worrying about either of these things will only make you feel stressed, so why not just drop the stress and smile more? There are many ways to do this. You can take some time each day to relax, meditate, or find an activity you love doing. As long as you are living in the present moment, your life will improve drastically!
Learn to live in the present moment
It’s difficult to feel at peace when you’re stressing about the past or fretting about the future. The only moment that matters is now, because it’s the only moment we have any power over. To live in the present moment, try these three simple steps: 1) Observe your thoughts as they come and go 2) Notice your emotions without acting on them 3) Act with awareness of what’s happening right now.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
We live in a society that’s constantly worrying about the future, or dwelling on past mistakes. It’s easy to get caught up in what-ifs, worry about things we can’t control, and stress over things that we’ll never know the outcome of. But it’s important not to let these worries consume you. The only moment that matters is now—not tomorrow, not yesterday.
Let go of things you can’t control
If you’re carrying stress from something, let it go. You can’t control what happened in the past or what will happen in the future, but you can control how you react now. Don’t worry about things you don’t have control over. The only moment that matters is now, so drop stress and start smiling more!
Gratitude can help you stay in the present moment, which is the only time there’s anything to be done. It can also reduce your stress levels by reminding you of all the things for which you should feel grateful. Here are some ways to practice gratitude every day:
-Find three things for which you’re grateful before bed. -Start a journal of all the things, people, or experiences that have made your life better. -Thank someone every day.
Learn to meditate
There are many ways to meditate. Some common methods include sitting quietly with your eyes closed or walking outside with a focus on your breathing. There are also guided meditation apps that can help you focus on the present moment. When practicing mindfulness, try not to think about anything else but what you’re doing at the time.
We live in an age of instant gratification. We want things now, but the only moment that matters is now. The only way we can change our future is by changing our thoughts in the present moment. So how can we do this? By laughing more! Laughing has been shown to reduce stress levels, release endorphins, and boost immunity. Plus, it’s fun! Who doesn’t want more fun in their life? I know I do!