It is easy to forget what is important in life and to be overwhelmed by the speed of what’s happening
So right now, hit the pause button. Take a breath. Here are some tips to be more thankful and more in the present moment.
- Try and wake up earlier to create a morning routine. Morning routines ground you in the day and make you more conscious of your presence. The world is still asleep. You have the whole day ahead of you to create miracles and to change the course of your life. Mornings are empowering. So try to use this moment to take care of you and to start your day on the right foot. Here is my morning routine (inspired by some ayurvedic principles): oil pulling, tongue scrapping, Surya Namaskara A & B (sun salutations), drinking a glass of warm water, face cleansing (aloe vera water and then jojoba oil), drinking water with a mix of green powders (chlorella, wheatgrass and spirulina). Just to give you an idea.This routine changes according to the season and to my timetable of course. But whenever I can, I try to do this.
- Try and take the time to be mindful of your breathing for 10 minutes in a day. You can do it just after waking up, still cuddled up in your bed, during your lunch break in a park or before going to bed at night. This should help you connect your body and your mind.
- Schedule some time slots when you will only be available for the people you love. If you decide to have lunch with your best friend, then be fully present. Do not doodle on your smartphone. When you promise your children you’ll play with them for 2 hours in the afternoon. Then, really do it. Trust your inner child and do not plan your next meeting. If you are on a date with your man, then be with him, not somewhere else. Don’t think about what happened in the office earlier. Enjoy every single moment you are able to spend with the people you care about. And be grateful for the quality time you can have with them: “The more grateful you are, the more present you become – Robert Holden”
- Really listen to what people are telling you. Be there for them. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to.
- Enjoy the simple joys such as sunbeams, a toothsome Sunday’s brunch, your morning candle light yoga session, your “me-time” spent in a warm bath, a delicious piece of raw cacao chocolate, etc. Once again, be thankful.
- Pay attention to what is positive in life. At the end of the day, ask your friends, roommates, partner or children what went good during their day. What did they learn? What did they enjoy? What did they dream about?
- Every single day, look for 3 things you are thankful for.
- Whenever you can… try to disconnect… yes! you read that right… try to do a “tech detox”. No facebook push ins. No emails. No instagram. Etc. Try it for one evening. One morning. One day. One week-end… Whatever works for you. This can make wonder!