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Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

Published on
February 14, 2024
The importance of being present cannot be overstated. Research shows that when we are present and mindful, we experience increased well-being, decreased stress, and improved relationships.

As a society, we have become more connected to our devices and less connected to the present moment. 

With the overwhelming barrage of notifications, emails, and social media updates, getting lost in a never-ending cycle of distraction is easy. 

However, the importance of being present cannot be overstated. Research shows that when we are present and mindful, we experience increased well-being, decreased stress, and improved relationships.

Ways to be more present

So, how can we practice being present in our daily lives? Here are some practical tips:

  • Turn off your devices:¬†The first step in practicing being present is eliminating distractions. Please turn off your phone, keep it out of sight, and resist the urge to check it every few minutes. Dedicate specific times for checking your devices and stick to them.
  • Meditate or practice mindfulness:¬†Meditation and mindfulness practices help us focus on the present moment. They help train our brains to quiet the constant chatter and distractions and to stay focused on the present moment. Apps like¬†Headspace¬†and¬†Calm¬†have easy, beginner-friendly modules to try.
  • Exercise regularly:¬†Physical activity helps increase mindfulness and improves our overall well-being. It's a great way to be present and focus on the present moment while improving your physical health. You schedule these exercise sessions on your¬†Routine Calendar.
  • Practice gratitude:¬†Focusing on gratitude helps us appreciate the present moment and the blessings in our lives. Start a gratitude journal and jot down 3 things you are grateful for every day. This will help you focus on the positive and improve your overall well-being.
  • Connect with nature:¬†Nature has a way of grounding us and reminding us of the present moment. Spending time in nature, such as going for a walk in the park or sitting on a beach, helps us escape the distractions of our daily lives and focus on the present moment.

Conclusion

Practicing being present is a powerful practice that can help improve our well-being, decrease stress, and improve our relationships. 

By turning off our devices, practicing mindfulness, exercising regularly, practicing gratitude, and connecting with nature, we can train our brains to be present in the moment and enjoy the simple things in life.

Studies show that people who practice being present regularly experience a decrease in anxiety and depression, an increase in happiness, and improved relationships. 

In an increasingly connected but disconnected world, it's more important than ever to take a step back and focus on the present moment. 

Start small and incorporate these tips into your daily routine; soon, you'll see the positive impact of being present.

Thanks for reading.

About the author
Shiva Prabhakaran

Shiva is a subject matter expert in communication, marketing, productivity, and learning systems. He has previously contributed to many blogs and newsletters, including Validated, Mental Models, HackerNoon, and several brands. You can find Shiva on LinkedIn or email him at shiva(at)routine.co.

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