You may have heard people talking about “being in the moment” in their lives, meaning that they feel emotionally grounded in the moment, completely present.
It sounds good, but how in the world do you do it? Our days are often packed, we have work, family, friends, outdoor activities, groceries, bills and so much more that is stacked throughout the week. How do you stay present in the moments that make up our days, weeks, months and years?
There is a little strategy I call, “the five senses” that can help, it doesn’t have to be a special moment, simply take any moment in your life to practice this and you will be “in the moment”:
At any given time, stop and reflect on all five of your senses (taste, touch, smell, sound, sight), one at a time. In fact, practice it right now.
What do you hear?
What do you see?
What are you feeling, tasting, and smelling?
Focus for even just 30 seconds on each sense, be as detailed and intentional as you can be.
Notice things you did not before.
The sound of the lights, the ray of sunshine on the floor, the smell of carpet cleaner.
You are now being “in the moment”.
What can be helpful about practicing emotional
The benefit of this skill is that you can instantly turn off some stress and focus on the joy of the moment, the peace in the moment, the beauty of small, ordinary things.
It gives you a break from all the noise and helps you find a moment of peace and who doesn’t need moments like that?
Try it out! Practice this several times throughout your day and it will become something you can use any time you need to bring you a sense of peace.
Please Note: If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital for emergency services. If you reside in Colorado, you can also call the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-8255 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.