Written by contributing blogger, Sonia Sahota.
Hello 2019! How in the world did that happen? It feels like just the other day it was 2014. As we ring in the New Year, we are all looking for ways to better ourselves and create resolutions that we will actually stick to. This year, I decided I wanted to focus on being more present and living in the moment, instead of behind of my tablet or iPhone. As technology is growing at a rapid pace, we are losing the beauty of just being with loved ones, having actual conversations face-to-face and enjoying milestones that come with everyday life.
Therefore, I’m going to work on staying present with the help of these 4 tips:
- Listen More.
When we’re engaging in conversation whether it’s at work, catching up with friends or family – we are always listening to reply instead of listening to understand. Let’s make the step to simply listen and not worry about what we can add to the conversation.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
Focus on one thing at a time and try to avoid distractions. Personally, this is a big one for me. I always catch myself working on a task and then my mind wanders off to other tasks, questions or just anything that pops up. In order to give 110% to each individual task – lose the distractions and just focus. Allowing yourself the time and energy to do so and this will improve your mind and body.
- Maintain a balance.
Whether it’s balancing work and play or exercise and relaxation – balance is key. It can be easy to fall into the pattern of overworking yourself to reach a certain goal more quickly. However, maintaining this lifestyle will improve your overall health, mood and efficiency.
- Step away from your electronic devices.
Have you thought about the hours we spend using our computers, phones and apple watches? The numbers are astronomical. That’s a lot of time that we are taking away from just being present with the people around us. Take time to step away from your electronic devices. Have actual conversations (and not via text) – even if it’s just a 15-20 minute conversation with your co-workers in the morning or families in the evenings/weekends. Take a few hours in the evening and be device free. Free your mind and body and just be present.
These are just a few ways that we can be a little more present in our daily routines. Would love to hear what you guys are doing differently in 2019?!
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