I don’t know about you but I cannot believe that it is now February!? One month of 2016 is done already!! I don’t know if its that I’m getting older or that we have been busy (as everyone is) or that my children have been so anxiously anticipating school and kindy to start. But here we are, February is here. When I consider how fast time goes, I really am reminded how we need to be present and mindful. I can hear some of my friends, a few in particular saying, whatever (!), or what does that even mean? It means closing down all of the tabs in your brain and absorbing where you really are. You won’t get this time back, that is what I do know for sure.
Will you look back and be proud of how you spent your time? Will you have regrets? Will you think about times you have spent with family and friends and wish you didn’t spend the whole time talking or scrolling on your phone? I’ve seen a lot #makingmemories lately, you know the ones. What will your memories be? Are they about the meme you saw on your newsfeed or the sound of your friend or child’s laughter?
Here’s my quick tips, for what they are worth, about being ‘present’:
- At least once every day, deliberately take 20 consecutive deep breaths – you know the type, in through your nose, where you feel your shoulders rise as your lungs fill with air and then out through your mouth, yes those. Repeat more than once if you wish.
- Consciously listen to your self-talk – that is the way you speak to yourself – listen to whether it is positive or negative, make a real attempt to speak to yourself like you would a valued friend.
- Be grateful – Stop. take a look around and make a note of three things you are grateful for. Being thankful and grateful is about focusing on the positive things. If you do this, there is no time to dwell on the other stuff, that has nothing to do with your goals, anyway!