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How to Live in the Present Moment: 5 Tips

Living in the present is not just an arbitrary term or a popular phrase—believe it or not it is a recognized and evidence-backed lifestyle that mental health practitioners are quick to recommend for those struggling with anxiety and stress in their day-to-day life.
Today I would like to share some tips on how to live in the moment and if these don’t work, come back to me for more tips.

Do a mindful body scan:
This simple exercise is a great way to get yourself in a mindful mood and get in touch with your body. Doing this in the morning can also help you get your day off to a good start. To do so, visualize your body from the top of your forehead, scan down your neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, fingers, down your chest, belly, legs, feet and toes. Feeling already great?

Write in a journal / “Morning pages”:
Another good exercise that can help you set the right mindful tone for the day is to write in your journal. A specific version of this exercise that is endorsed by author Julia Cameron is called “Morning Pages.” Just take a few moments everyday to pin down anything that is on your mind: your thoughts, emotions, goals, troubles. Believe me, this is a great way to stay in touch and in control of anything that is going on with you in the present moment.

Visualize your daily goals:
Visualizing your goals is an excellent method for not only making it more likely that you will follow through on your goals, it can also help you become more mindful on a regular basis. Having clear goals in mind are generally easier to achieve. For that reason it is important to think about them daily and try to stick to them.

Take a mindful nature walk:
Taking advantage of the natural beauty around us is another good way to cultivate greater mindfulness.
The next time you feel the need for a walk—whether it’s a quick trip around the block or a lengthy stroll through a pretty, scenic spot—make it a mindful nature walk. As they say, nature does heal and also helps you stay in the moment, so go for it!

Conduct a mindful review of your day:
It can be easy to get tired and worn out by the end of the day and let things slip. To help you keep that mindful tone at the end of the day, try this exercise. Conduct a mindful review of your day by finding a few minutes for yourself, staying quiet, being in the moment and reviewing your day. If you are motivated to change your life around but have trouble doing it yourself, a personal life coach will help you achieve your goal to get mental peace through coaching. A personal development coach will motivate you to let go of the toxicity that’s making your life and thoughts negative!