Throughout my life, I’ve learned a lot about myself and I continue to every day. One thing I know for sure is I tend to overwhelm myself without realizing. Sometimes, I don’t understand I’ve done it to myself until years after the fact. But, I’ve also learned it’s possible to prevent this from happening. It requires some hard and uncomfortable work, but it can make all the difference and helps me be more present. Continue reading to learn more about how I try to take care of myself to be more present everyday.
Schedule Time to be Alone
I’ve said it many times, but everyone is so different. For me, alone time is really important. It allows me to reflect on my thoughts, emotions, and reset when I need.
If this is something that helps you, make it a point to schedule this time. Commit to it and yourself like you would to a doctor’s or hair appointment. For those of you that thrive in the company of others, you can make that happen too. Initiate a phone call, coffee, or lunch.
Do Something You Love Everyday
Think about what makes you happy. Do you love to bake or take walks with your dog? Or, do you like to do yoga and treat yourself to a smoothie? There is room in every day for something that provides us happiness. Sometimes, we just have to work for it or actively pursue those things.
When I make time to walk my dog or read a book, I feel much better than when I channel my energy into something less productive. I just have to commit to it like I would anything else. It seems silly until you make it a habit and realize how rewarding it can be.
Put the Phone Away
This is probably the hardest step to follow. Especially for someone that needs to be connected for friends, family, and work. But, once you realize the positive effect less screen time has, it will become easier.
There are plenty of ways to go about this. You could turn off notifications or set a time limit on your apps. Over time, this has become easier for me to do on a regular basis. I was able to realize when it has been too much for one day. My mind could feel it and I was able to put down the phone and be more present.
Spend Time in Prayer
Have you ever not prayed because you didn’t know how to explain to God what you need or are feeling? I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. It has happened so often I had to let that go for the sake of my relationship with God.
The truth is, I’ve learned God understands our prayers even if our words and feelings cloud our communication. Don’t forget to lean on Him because He knows the desires of our hearts. And, we don’t have to do life alone!
By spending more time in prayer, I’ve also learned the importance of sharing my joys with Him. These conversations have made me feel lighter, less worried, and have allowed me to focus on what’s in front of me more often.
After reading this, I hope you feel like you have a few new tools to be more present. Or, I hope this could be a reminder of what you already know. I by no means have this perfected or figured out, but I’m with you. Putting down the phone, controlling your thoughts and accepting every moment for what it is… is hard. But, it’s so worth working to achieve.