3 Tips for Resetting and Focusing on the Present

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”

Buddha

Many of us have trouble staying focused on the present. We get lost daydreaming about the future and scenarios of “what could be” or reliving a past conflict over and over again.  Or maybe our focus splits between different tasks that need our attention. In our non-stop busy lives, staying in the present can be a challenge. If you spend a lot of your time lost in different parts of your mind and you are having trouble staying in the present moment you might want to try these different techniques to help you re-focus and re-center.

  1. Physical Activity: A good workout can help us learn how to stay present. When we are using our bodies we need to be aware of what we are doing and how we are feeling. Strength training and lifting weights can force you to focus on your form which can help with awareness, but the type of exercise does not matter.  Working out mindfully will help improve your mind as well as your body. We can learn from this awareness and can channel it into other aspects of our lives.

  2. Single-Tasking: Working on one thing at a time will help you stay focused and concentrate on the task at hand and can help you stay present for more time throughout the day. This can mean anything from not using tons of tabs while working online or setting aside your phone until a task is done.

  3. Talk To Yourself: Sometimes if you are having trouble staying present you can start by telling yourself “now I am…” For example, if you are cooking you can talk yourself through it, “now I am chopping the onions.” This can help hit the reset button when it comes to being present.

Staying in the present moment can help with your mental health by allowing you to clear your head and let go of the things you can’t control -- namely the past and the future. When we are frazzled and lost in our thoughts in can actually hurt our relationships with others, when we are not in the moment we can have difficulty connecting. If you find yourself future tripping or dwelling on the past take a moment to reset and refocus.

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