It seems like everywhere we turn someone is touting the importance of living in the present moment and staying mindful about our thoughts, actions and perceptions.
As a mindfulness advocacy website we whole-heartedly agree with the importance of staying present. But only to a certain point.
It’s all about balance, as is pretty much everything in life.
We are not designed as conscious human beings to be present ALL of the time. Nor are we designed to be thinking about the past, or worrying about the future too much.
As humans, our main differentiating ability from the rest of the animal kingdom is our developed ABILITY to learn from our mistakes (reflect on the past) and to prevent things from going wrong (planning for and predicting the future).
In order to accomplish these two very important things, we HAVE to leave the present moment. It’s this skill that has allowed us to evolve our brain power exponentially and thrive as a species.
Where we humans are getting into trouble, is too many of us are getting stuck thinking about the past too much (sadness, remorse, shame), and too many are stuck analyzing the future (worry, anxiety, loss of hope).
How lucky are we to have this incredible skill? But it’s a skill that comes with great responsibility. We need to prioritize the proper balance of living in the past, present and future.
This means getting outside often, limiting screen time, having time set aside for future planning, keeping a schedule that prevents from being overwhelmed, and setting boundaries on how much we reflect on the past.
If you think you need help with any of these things, here are 7 quick tips* for improving your thought balance:
1- Buy a mindfulness journal
2- Hire a mindfulness coach
3- Track your hours spent outside
4- Seek a counselor
5- Study meditation
6- Try out yoga
7- Join a hiking club
If you find yourself struggling to stay in the present moment and spending too much time feeling sad about the past or worrying about the future, don’t fret. Focus on being grateful for our uniquely capable brain and set a plan in place to prioritize present moment balance.
Any other tips or ideas on how to balance spending time in the present moment? Good luck and HAPPY MINDING!
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