Posted by: jude49 | July 25, 2019

Stay in the Present!

Hello Friends!

With today’s stresses and challenges, being present is often a difficult feat. Our minds wander constantly to some pretty unproductive places. We can worry about the future…the “what if’s”…which leads to anxiety. We can ruminate about the past…the “would haves”…the “should haves”…the “could haves”…all of which lead to depression.

So, how do we stay in the present? Here are two suggestions.

  • Breathe! Consciously, follow your breathe in and out. Breathe in to the count of 2; breathe out to the count of 4. Breathe as deeply as you can. If you start to feel dizzy, breathe lighter. It can help to add words to your breathe such as, “Breathe in peace one, two and breathe out distress one, two, three, four.” You can also attach a color to your breathe, a favorite color to breathe in and a not so favorite color to breathe out.
  • Use Your Senses! Focusing on 3 to 5 things you can see, touch, hear, taste, smell brings you back to the present. An excellent idea is to take a sense walk. When you walk, look for 5 different colours or shades of green…the possibilities are endless. Have you touched the leaves of different flowers, trees? Notice the differences, the similarities. What can you hear? Dogs barking, people talking, sounds of nature…? Remember you can hear, see, smell better WITHOUT the use of technology! When we’re checking our phones or listening to music, it’s near impossible to enjoy and attend to the wonder of nature. Remember, nature heals! The greener you go, the better you feel!

Remember, your mind will wander. That’s okay! It’s normal! You can always bring your attention back to the present. It will take practice. The more you practice, the easier it will become!

Best,

Judith

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