The power of the present moment
In my last blog post, I wrote about the power of embracing the present moment. I wanted to expand on that. In these last few weeks, I have been paying more attention to how I manage my energy. I have been challenging myself to be more present in all that I do and cultivate healthy habits daily.
For example, I'm on my phone a lot. I mean - who isn't these days? We are constantly keeping up with information and receiving information at the touch of our fingertips. As a journalist, I'm plugged in 24/7. I have to be. However, I'm also human and constantly being plugged in can sometimes be overwhelming.
For my mental health, I have had to set limitations so I can be fully present for other priorities. This is important especially when it comes to self-care. For instance, taking 45 minutes per day to journal, read, or practice yoga without looking down at the notifications on your screen, is self-care. Disconnecting for a little while is okay. Being more mindful about how you manage your energy can truly be transformative.
Another aspect about embracing the present moment, is gratitude. Each new day is a gift. It's another opportunity to live in the now. I have challenged myself to write down two to three things per day that I'm grateful for in that moment. They might even be small things, but they still hold power. Acknowledging what I'm grateful for allows me to set the stage for my day. It allows me to stay present and focus on what I can do "today." I'll admit, it's so easy to get caught up in over thinking and worrying about the next task on the list. I have been there many times and let anxiety take over. I believe the key to fully embracing gratitude all comes down to present moment awareness.
Here are a few ways I try to be more mindful of the present moment:
Start your day with gratitude. Write down one or two things you are grateful for in that moment.
Meditation. Take a few moments at the start of your day to check in with your breath. Go back to it throughout your day whenever you start to feel any tension.
Take a social media free day. Unplugging to recharge is so beneficial.
Journal out your thoughts. Writing is a powerful way to express yourself.