Living for today.

Anxiety rises when we worry about the past or fixate on what’s going to happen in the future. We feel unsettled when we look back and we can tend to feel unsure when we stress about what’s to come.

But how about living for the moment?

How about focusing on today?

The here and now.

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What would it be like to actually embrace where you are right now and to really experience being present?

So many of us get caught up in where we think we should be. Or what it is that we think we should be doing. Life becomes very busy, very hectic and very stressful. The pressure of work, of family life, of domestic bills and jobs to do – even the pressure of a social life and of living up to the social norms and expectations of other people – that can leave us feeling under pressure.

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People can find themselves living in the fast lane – speeding through all of the things that they feel they should or shouldn’t be doing. So much of time can become spent rushing from one thing to another that people never slow down and focus on what is really important.

The ability to be present – to really focus on today. That is a skill that many of us struggle with. To switch off some social media, to turn off anything electronic, to come away from the to do list, or work – even for a short while. It becomes challenging for people. It becomes very difficult for them. To actually stop – to be mindful and focused – it’s a challenge that many face. But once it is achieved – clarity comes and life feels so much calmer.

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One thing is for certain – and that is that life is short. It is so short and so precious. For this very reason – the important thing is to embrace it. To live fully every day and to do the things that make you truly happy. Find it within yourself to say no to the things that you don’t want to do. To turn away from the things that stress you out and to tune in to the things that make you truly happy.

If you can practice the skill of being fully present in the moment – you will find yourself being so much more mindful. You will discover that you are able to be fully present. And that your anxiety and stress levels will decrease and lower. If you can slow right down. Take time to do the things that are really important. Then you will discover the beauty of life.

Every day needs to be about laughter, enjoyment, fulfilment and about doing what makes you truly happy. Doing what makes you feel really alive.

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Don’t make your days about to do lists, about what you feel you should be doing, or about the expectations of others or the social norms around you. Make your day about feeling alive. Feeling present and being able to breathe. Take time to get out in the fresh air and to see the beauty of the world around you.

The reality is – there are always things that need doing. There are always jobs that need completing. We are always under some form of stress or pressure – or even expectations that we place on ourselves. But the flip side is – things can wait – the world won’t end if all the cleaning isn’t done, or if every e mail isn’t sent. It is ok to slow down. It is ok to find time to breathe and to ground yourself. In fact it is so very important.

We get lost in the haze of business sometimes, and caught up in all that is hectic and demanding. When this happens we can feel over whelmed, anxious and our stress levels can rise.  Slow down, ground yourself. Take some time out of your busy day. Laugh. Find the part of you that enjoys life and embrace it. You never know what tomorrow might bring. So just for today get out there and be amazing.