How I Become More Present in My Life
Lately, I have found myself falling into a pattern that I don’t like. I have fallen into the electronic trap. The first thing I do when I get up is to check my phone. I keep the tv on in the background while I’m cleaning. I spend way too much time on social media. I am on Pinterest too much.
I have let myself get sucked into the social media and electronic world. I am currently trying to change my habits and become more present in my day to day life.
Every once in awhile, I find myself in these bad habits and I have to switch the things I’m doing on a daily basis. This isn’t something I like to admit, but I know there are a lot of other people who struggle with this too. These are some things I like to implement into my life when I find myself falling into the trap.
Phone activity: One of the very first things I like to change is my phone activity. If the first thing I do in the morning is to check my phone, that sets the tone for the rest of my day. I find that the things I do in the morning are the easiest to make my habits. I have been spending way too much time on my phone lately. When I find myself getting too sucked into my phone, I will go through my settings and turn off a lot of my notifications.
Meditation: I got into a habit of meditating each night a few months ago, but I fell out of the habit. I find that once I make meditating a constant habit and add it to my nightly routines, it clears my mind and I sleep much better. I also find it easier to turn to meditating when I get upset or grumpy during the day.
Do yoga: Yoga is something that centers me in the first minute. I don’t have to do a whole session, but just doing a few poses really brings my mind to a positive, current place. It brings me into the moment quicker than anything. If I let myself fully participate in my practice it sets the tone for the rest of the day. I love what yoga does for my mind and my body.
Go for a walk: Walking is a great way to clear the mind also. I leave my phone behind, grab my pup and head out the door. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, sometimes just a quick walk around the block is all I need. I like to walk the dog for at least 30 minutes. A lot of times I wait for Hamilton to get home before I take Bowzer on his long walk because it’s a nice thing for us to do together.
Take a warm bath or shower: We don’t have a bathtub in our home, which really stinks! I love taking baths. Another thing I do when I need to center myself and take a step back is taking a warm shower. I would take a bath if that were an option, but it’s not!
Journaling: Journal about something. I used to journal all the time when I was younger, and I have four different journals now. I like to keep them separate and organized based on what I’m writing. I need something different depending on how I’m feeling on a certain day. I know it can be hard to find something to journal about, but it can be about anything. Sometimes I just write about my day, how I’m feeling, a dream I had, a memory, and a lot of times, it will turn into something deeper or something that I didn’t even know I was thinking about or feeling.
Be bored: Sometimes, I just have to let myself be bored. Our world is so overstimulated and it’s hard to even let myself be bored. I think it is important to be bored sometimes. If we are constantly being stimulated there is no time to create anything new. If we allow our minds to be still and bored, once in awhile, we have a better ability to create something new, be more creative, and think of something to do, other than watch tv.
Go to a local park: It can be a state park, national park, or just a regular county or neighborhood park. Sometimes all I need is a walk in the park, a hike, or just sitting on a park bench and listening to nature. It can be so calming to just be out with nature. Hamilton and I try to go to a new state park each month. I find that this really keeps me focused on what’s important. Plus, I get to see nature and new places.
These are 8 things that I think really can help anyone become more present. I have gone through the process of recentering myself many times. It is a constant thing that I need to be doing. When I do just 2 of these things it completely switches my mental focus. I love spending time with my family and friends, I also love spending time alone. There are so many ways to refocus your mind and become more present in all the things you do.
It’s important for me to make conscious choices each day to adjust my mental focus. If I want to make the most out of my relationships than I need to make a switch. These things really help me become more present. If I am more present in my alone time, I am in turn more present when I spend time with other people. It is also just so good for my mental health to be doing these things. Soon I will be bringing another life into the world and the last thing I want is to be distracted when I am with the little babe.
I hope these things can help someone else who is struggling to stay present!