Posted by Sadiqa Mokbel on on Dec 17th 2018

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and even everyday life. We put together our top 5 tips to help you be more mindful and present in the moment. 

1. Be Grateful Everyday

Gratitude is the practice of being thankful for all the things you are gifted with daily. Practicing gratitude is as simple as jotting down all the good things that happened to you throughout the day. Keeping a gratitude journal is a good tip for keeping track of positive things in your life. Every night you can write down all the positive things in your journal and at the end of every week you can go back and re-read all the wonderful things in your life that happened that week.

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2. Work on your Breathing

One way to be more mindful and present in the moment is to work on your breathing. If you happen to find yourself in a stressful situation, taking deep, steady breaths while focusing only on your breathing, can be a great way to stay present.

3. Ditch the Cell Phone

As much as we all love checking the newest Instagram stories and commenting on our friends posts with fire emojis when they post a cute new selfie, we all should put down our cell phones sometimes and focus on the world around us. When was the last time you weren’t on your phone while riding the bus or waiting in line? Next time you find yourself in a place where you would often use your phone, put your phone down and just observe the world around you. Talk to the person next to you and maybe start a conversation. Who knows, they could end up being your new best friend.

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4. Increase your Awareness

Increasing your awareness is just a way of saying, “engage your senses”. Hugging a friend, petting an animal or smelling flowers are all simple ways you can awaken your senses. Awakening your senses such as touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing and really focusing on them are great ways to get you out of your head and focusing on the current moment.

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5. Take Control of your Thoughts

If you are ever anxious and have random thoughts pop into your head that make you uncomfortable, (hello overthinking!) then you need to take control of your thoughts. It can feel like you are helpless and can’t do anything about it but that’s not true. The biggest thing you need to do is to simply let the thought happen and give no credit to the thought. Don’t let yourself judge the thought, or focus on it, just let it cross your mind and then leave. The problem is, we usually focus on a thought and keep bringing it back up to overthink it again and again. It is not an easy practice but the ability to simple “allow” thoughts to happen rather than overthink them is a wonderful thing to possess and practicing this can slowly become a healthy habit.

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