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8 Ways to Start Living in the Moment Today

Have you ever noticed how children live in the moment? They never worry about past problems or long-term goals. Being present is a bit like channeling your inner child. Try to let go of the tendency to “do” all the time and simply “be.”

Here are eight mindful practices that help engage your “being” mode:

When waiting in a line, engage your awareness

Notice the colors and sounds around you. Or challenge yourself to maintain awareness of your feet in contact with the floor for 10 full breaths.

When you’re stopped at a red traffic light, chill out

You have a choice: You can feel frustrated and impatient, or you can do a traffic-light meditation. Nourish yourself with three refreshing, mindful breaths.

The next time the phone rings, let it ring three times

Use that time to breathe and smile. Telesales companies know that customers can “hear the smile” on the phone, and ask employees to smile when they’re on calls. If you smile, you’ll feel more patient and happier when you speak.

Change your daily routine

If you normally drive to work, try walking or cycling for part of the journey. Or take a slightly different route on the school run. Or speak to different friends or colleagues at work.

Take up a new hobby

When you change your habits, you engage different pathways in the brain. You instinctively wake up to the moment and just are.

Organize tasks

Make a list of all the things you need to do. Then prioritize. Ensure that you put mindfulness at the top of the list!

Prioritize fun

Put fun activities — like reading a novel or taking the kids to the movies — on your to-do list. Non-urgent activities serve as breathers between blocks of energy-draining “doing” mode. And while you’re participating in the fun activities, fight any feelings of guilt that may try to creep in.

Turn off

Designate one day per week that’s relatively technology-free. A beeping phone and constant Internet connection encourage you to switch on “doing” mode. If you work a normal nine-to-five week, choose Sunday as your day to go without. Take the kids for a walk in the park, play a game or, if it’s raining, read a book.

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Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.

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