Live in the Moment
If you find that the days fly by faster than you’d like and time always seems to be in short supply, you may want to embrace the concept of live in the moment. By being mindful of what you are doing and being present as often as possible, you should find that you enjoy life more and the days won’t get away from you.
Like many things in life, being mindful and living in the moment takes some practice — check out the following tips on how to make it happen:
Do One Thing at a Time
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As a busy mom, you could probably teach a class on how to multitask. You are a master at eating lunch while paying bills on your phone, calling for your kid’s dentist appointment and catching up on your favorite show. As Reader’s Digest notes, to truly live in the moment requires doing one thing at a time. When it’s lunchtime, sit down and focus on your meal and enjoying your food. When you are putting groceries away, do only that. While it might drive you crazy at first to do one thing at a time, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that each task takes a shorter amount of time to complete because your brain is not trying to keep up with six things at once.
Every day, set aside a block of time and turn all of your electronic devices off. This includes your computer, TV and yes, your beloved smartphone. As Wanderlust Worker notes, during this technology break, read a book about a topic that will motivate you — not on your iPad but a real paper book. Spend uninterrupted time with your kids and/or spouse, or head to the backyard and admire your garden. If you are concerned about missing an important call from your boss, your BFF or your child’s school, make sure you have voicemail set up on your smartphone. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to set this feature up. If you are with T-Mobile, the company offers simple step-by-step instructions on their website that will help you enable your voicemail and allow you to live in the moment more often.
Pay Attention to What People Are Saying
As a mom with a million things to do every day, it can be difficult to listen to your kids 100 percent of the time, especially if they are the types to chat away all day long about everything from what their best friend wore in school to the really cool toy they simply have to have. In order to live in the moment, try not to make a mental grocery list or think about other things while your kids are talking. As often as you can, truly listen to your kids — and your spouse, friends and boss — when they are talking and focus on them and your time together.
Find the Beauty in Everyday Life
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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, you probably don’t have time to figuratively stop and smell the roses. It’s also easy to focus on the things in life that are stressful rather than the simple things around us that can bring you joy. In order to live as mindfully as you can, take note of the beauty in something every day. Listen to the birds singing their lovely songs, admire the gorgeous white puffy clouds floating through the sky or smell those pretty flowers growing in your neighbor’s front yard. As the saying goes, it’s the little things that help us to be happy and more present in life.