Mask Monday’s Chit Chat: 3 Ways To Live In The Present

Hey babes! Welcome back to this week’s Mask Monday’s Chit Chat.

I’ve always struggled with enjoying the present moment because of life’s chaos. Here are 3 ways I’ve learned to live in the present and enjoy life at it’s current moments.


CHIT CHAT TOPIC

My mind has always been a race towards endless finish lines. I’m always thinking about what I could of done better in the past or what I need to plan out for a better future.

A few examples:

  • Stressed about future events
  • Obsessing over past mistakes

Here are 3 Ways To Live In The Present:

Avoid Overthinking

Overthinking is toxic, yet 99.9% of us constantly do it. Overthinking is usually caused by thinking of actions/events that already took place.

You can’t let your mind take over your life. For instance, if you’re overthinking a mistake you did. Don’t. It’s a waste of energy, you can spend on something else in a more positive way.

Anything that has happened in the past, is just that – the past. You can’t change it and the best way to deal with it is – moving on.

Most importantly, just understand the mistake so you don’t make it again but don’t dwell on it. When you avoid overthinking you’re able to cherish the present and understand that life happens. Without mistakes, you wouldn’t be able to cherish when you accomplish things.

Avoid Worrying

It’s very easy to get caught up in worrying with just about anything. Most people are always worrying about something. Whether it’s worrying about your future, making ends meet, making the right decisions, etc.

You don’t want to ruin the present, by worrying. Worrying comes from unknown outcomes or things out of your control. Don’t be so hard on yourself either, a certain amount of worrying is normal because we are all human. Try to work towards limiting the amount of worrying because however you look at it, it doesn’t change the outcome or situation.

Excessive worrying also leads to situations spiraling out of control. It can cause anxiety, depression, makes you physically ill, etc. It’s just an unhealthy habit.

Limiting and/or eliminating the state of being worried will keep your mind fresh so you’re able to enjoy the present and think things through with an open mind.

Be Mindful

Being mindful is the key to living in the present.  Mindfulness is defined as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”

Lack of mindfulness is not having control of your emotions, speaking without thinking, overthinking the past, worrying about the future, or finding a way to make yourself a victim in every circumstance. These will block your ability to live and enjoy the present moment.

There’s different ways to practice mindfulness. Set your intention to practice mindfulness everyday.

Here are some examples:

♥ Instead of waking up at the last minute, slamming the alarm clock off and rushing out the door – try to give yourself 10 minutes to peacefully wake up and set your intentions for the day.

Personally my favorite way to set my intention for the day is by walking my dog in the morning and taking deep breaths while I think of a list of things I’m grateful for.

♥ Eating is always going to be apart of your day so why not make it mindful. Take in what you’re eating – how it makes you feel, the taste, the smell – and it will help you become more conscious in what you put into your body.

♥ There’s not a better feeling than when you finish venting and you feel like that other person just took a load off your shoulders. That’s because your friend was practicing mindful listening, regardless if they were aware of it or not.

Learn to listen to understand, instead of listening to reply. Sometimes just listening, without saying a word is just what that other person needed to get through their issue.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment -Buddha

It’s ok to acknowledge your thoughts but don’t dwell on past thoughts or stress future thoughts. Try to be mindful of your current thoughts.

It’s important to live in the now. These three key points above can help you do just that. Life is beautiful but sometimes you just get caught up in the chaos.

Life is called the present for a reason, because it is a gift.


Check out this week’s face mask, here.

Sincerely,
MichelleXO


What tips do you have for living in the present?

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8 thoughts on “Mask Monday’s Chit Chat: 3 Ways To Live In The Present

  1. Living in the present is so important! When I used to be super anxious and allowed over thinking and worry dominate my mind, I missed out on so many amazing opportunities. When I became aware and realized how much I had missed out on, I have really made it a point to work through and be in each moment fully so as to enjoy the time and experience to the fullest!

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  2. I had to force myself to be more mindful, it’s not easy when you have 1000 thoughts going around in your brain but once you learn how to just stop, breathe and be and let that be how you go about each day it’s truly amazing

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  3. This is all so spot on. We all get so caught up with our busy lives that we forget that this thing we call life is truly a gift. There’s a higher chance of you winning the lottery than being born into this world. Living in the present and preparing your mind on a daily basis to be the best version of yourself is something I’m implemented all year and saw massive success.

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