In this very unusual time living in the present moment offers the greatest source of comfort
As humans many of us are programmed to focus on the future. It gives us something to look forward to and helps us set goals. In times of stress it reminds us that things will not always be so challenging. We often look towards holidays, special occasions or birthdays with excitement and anticipation. The count-down gives us something positive to focus on and get through the monotonous days and weeks.
During these uncertain times we have had to completely reshape the way we look at the future. Instead of big events and milestones we are counting down to a much more basic reality. Many of us are looking forward to hugging a loved one, having a play date or being able to socialise once again. This virus has changed the way we perceive the most basic exchanges and relationships in our lives.
As much as we are looking forward to the future and putting this anxious time behind us, we cannot focus too much on anything past the present moment. In this very unusual time living in the present moment offers the greatest source of comfort. The reason? Because today is the only day that seems to contain clarity. Today we have answers.
Taking things day by day and trying to stay in the present is a great coping mechanism right now. It's harder than it sounds though. Here are five strategies to help you live in the present.
Grounding is a technique used to help a person reconnect with the present moment. According to healthline.ie
" grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth"
There a number of different ways to do this. Some people like to stand bare foot on the grass in their garden while others use the power of their own breath to tune in to the present moment when their mind begins to wander to faraway places. You'll find some excellent grounding tips and ideas in this post.
Plan Nice Meals And Snacks
It is a lot easier to focus on the present moment when it represents something positive for you. Meal planning is a really great way to ensure that each day has a couple of pockets of time where we can be present and enjoy something. Having nice meals and snacks to look forward to helps us focus on the next event (i.e meal) that is happening in any particular day. We can look forward to these moments, view them as self care and try to eat mindfully.
Get Lost In A Series On Netflix Or Amazon
It might sound a bit contradictory, but having something enjoyable to binge-watch could actually help you live in the present. When you are captivated by a TV show it has your full attention and you are very much in the present experience. It also gives you something to look forward to at the end of each day. TV is a great form of escapism and can really inject some inspiration or humour in to your day.
Prioritise A Good Night's Sleep
Is sleep one of your daily priorities? It might be worth moving it up the list because it really matters. When we don't get enough sleep we are more prone to stress and anxious thoughts. These feelings tend to encourage us to look far in to the future and immerse ourselves in a feeling of panic and dread. Getting enough sleep can really help you face the day in a more present and mindful way.
Chat To Your Children
Everyday family life is busy and it can be difficult to find time to just chat to your children. There is always something to do or someone who needs you. However, taking some time to have a little chat with your children could be the best form of therapy. Children have an amazing ability to live in the present moment. They live in a very literal world and are completely immersed in each activity. We could really learn a lot from them.