10 Ways To Encourage You To Live In The Moment

 Laura Saxby from the blog Living For The Now has been writing about how to appreciate the little things in life.   Below, she shares her insight, plus 10 ways to encourage you to live in the moment.

Living in the moment. It’s something we all talk about but don’t necessarily do despite it not always bringing much happiness. Now is the time to refocus our present, not the past, not the future – now. But how?  I’ve rounded up 10 ways to live in the moment. 

10 Ways To Live In The Moment

 

10 Ways To Live In The Moment

 

Got a gut feeling? Go with it! 

Worrying about consequences may result in you losing out on amazing opportunities for experiences. The saying goes “it’s better to have loved and lost than never loved at all” and it’s SO true.

Stop worrying about what others think 

If we all worried about what our peers think about us, nothing would get done. Some of the most inspirational work and movements weren’t brought on by caring. Like a dress and concerned others will find it too daring? Then be daring! It’s part of your personality and people should learn to accept that.

Take time out 

In this busy, busy world we live in it’s a rarity that we find ourselves stopping and taking a few moments for ourselves. Give yourself some thinking time, alone time, call it what you will. Just find a space and do something relaxing, even if it’s just 5 minutes.

Don’t plan too much 

Planning each and every detail will only increase anxiety that something will go wrong. Try not to focus on it too much.

Try something new 

Give a new food a go, take a class or go to a holiday destination you’ve never been to before.

Look around you 

Savour the beauty of nature or the art of architecture. Think about things that make you ask questions. It’s those little moments that will open your mind and help you live in the moment.

Let go of the past 

Having grudges or holding onto something that is no longer there will not open any doors. Throw away old memories and move on from history, enjoy what you have now.

Have a social media shut down 

This is tricky (yes, even for me!). We’ve become consumed by the web and all the wonderful things it has to offer but when you’re spending time with loved ones, turn your phone off for a while. Focus on what you’re doing with the people you care about!

Know that we all make mistakes 

It is a perfectly natural, human trait to make a mistake every now and again so accept them. Accept them as life lessons. They are the only way you will learn.

Keep a diary 

Write about how you feel, what you did today and what you are grateful for. It’s good to reflect on the positive aspects of your day and vent about the negative.  

You may need to remind yourself every now and again that the present is what counts but after a while it will become habit to focus on your wellbeing. Enjoy this moment and have a fabulous day!

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23 Comments

  • Reply Mommy Wants Coffee February 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Great tips. I have such a hard time living in the moment and I know that I plan things way too much, but honestly I am just in a season in my life where that needs to happen in order to keep chaos from taking over. Keeping a diary would definitely help though!

  • Reply Leila February 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I love these tips! I have tried to be more conscious of what I am doing lately and have definitely found myself shutting down social media (as well as my phone) in the evenings. Taking time out alone has been another big one for me since I am now home with all 3 kids, 7 days a week. I need my me time to live as me!

  • Reply Ana February 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I always have days when I just stop dead on my tracks and look up to the sky and try to take it all in, it’s so hard to live in the moment but this tips are great to remind ourselves of what matters most. Great read! xx

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  • Reply Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog February 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    My family and & are always trying something new! A great perk of living in a state with so many adventures (seen and unseen!), we are always on the go and finding great ways to spend time together as a family!

  • Reply Jeanette February 16, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    It is so much easier to say that I live in the moment, than actually doing it. This is a great reminder to help us to slow down and just enjoy life because you don’t get the time back that you lose.

  • Reply Rachel February 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    My favorite tip here is let go of grudges. I’ve too many hanging onto the past, and ruining their future-it’s sad. My least favorite is the social media shutdown, only because it hits so close to home! 🙂

  • Reply Jaime Nicole February 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    For me it’s hard to let go of what other people think. I’m always worried about whether and how others are judging me.

  • Reply Debonita @elegantlyfashionable February 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I totally agree with you that we should live in the present. We spent too much time these days thinking of the future and I am guilty of that myself. Love your blog post glad I found your post on the Show your blog love FB group.

    Debs x

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle February 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Great post. I know I’m guilty of missing all the beauty that’s happening around me today, because I’m looking to tomorrow.

  • Reply parentingpatch February 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I need to get my daughter to live in the moment. She is always asking, “What are we doing tomorrow?” instead of living in the now.

  • Reply jennifer@thechampagnesupernova.com February 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Great tips, Laura! I think another way to live in the moment is to let go of FOMO and remember that it doesn’t matter what other people are doing, it matters what YOU are doing. I also am guilty of social media addiction. What helps is putting my phone in an entirely different (and inconvenient) area of the house to avoid constantly starting at it when I’m home with my family. It makes a huge difference. Cheers and keep on keeping on!

  • Reply waldorfsaladandcottagefries February 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    I struggle with being present. I am trying to set aside 30 minutes a day just to quite my head and be present. So tough baby steps for me. Great tips

  • Reply Jessica February 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    OMG yes social media shut down for sure!! I need it ASAP

  • Reply Sarah February 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Perfect tips! I feel like as bloggers/social media personalities it is so hard to shut down social media but I agree, sometimes you have to to appreciate things!

  • Reply Up Run for Life February 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    This is a w post. As a blogger, I have a tendency to live in the online world. I try to take small breaks but it is hard when you have a business to run.

  • Reply Jemma February 17, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Great post! We all get caught up about worrying about the future and forget about the here and now.

  • Reply OurFamilyWorld February 17, 2016 at 3:00 am

    These are great tips. I make sure to shut down from social media at least once a week.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor February 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

    These are all great ways to live your life in the moment. It is so important to not hold on to or dwell on the past and to know we all make mistakes. It is what we do with our mistakes that count. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • Reply Kathy February 17, 2016 at 10:32 am

    These are all some great ideas. I always try to live in the moment. I usually take a day or two away from blogging so I have some time for myself and others. It’s nice to take some time out too.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia February 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    These are great ways to live in the moment. I have to stop thinking about what everyone else will think and just be me.

  • Reply thedealmatchmaker February 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Love these tips.. I think we need to live in the moment, enjoy live and be happy

  • Reply francineclouden February 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Great post. I really try to be more mindful when it comes to parenting too. Being in the moment with my son can be quite fulfilling for us both. I also really need to take the social media diet advice!

  • Reply Heather Pfingsten February 18, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for this post. I am bookmarking it now to reference in the future as I have been having a difficult time letting go of the past and that is hurting my present. Does that make sense? I NEED to live in the moment and stop holding on to things that hurt me in the past. Thank you for the reminder, tips, and incentive.

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