Changing your mindset to focus on the now is the key to winning stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. They are part of life, and everyone experiences them. Oftentimes, they are short lived, and we’re back on track with living life to the fullest.
However, when those feelings begin recurring back-to-back, become overwhelming, or interfere with living the life you want, it’s time to put a stop to it. You must learn how to change your mindset to focus on the now.
This requires addressing the two major barriers to overcome stress: living outside the present time, and thinking too much. Further, there is no stable way to overcome stress if you don’t learn to develop healthy, and positive living-in-the-now habits.
So, let’s see the 4 steps to Change Your Mindset To Focus On The Now And Reduce Stress And Uncertainty.
1. Focus on the now
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne Dyer
This quote reflects the power of living in the now.
The power of living in the now allows you to begin to notice the beauty, and wonder of the moment, and the things around you. To live in the moment means you are being conscious, and aware of your present using all your senses.
It’s about living consciously, purposefully, and responsibly. Learning to live in the present moment gives you the power to live your best life, to the fullest, every moment of the day.
A good way to start enjoying the present moment is to separate yourself from your thoughts, avoid distractions and stop shift your focus from performance to execution.
2. Stop Overthinking
“Remember then: there is only one time that is important-now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. “- Leo Tolstoy
If you’re constantly thinking of the “What ifs” in life, your mind always goes to the worst that could happen, and you overthink every decision, you are not living in the now.
Overthinking is the main barrier to focus on the now, and makes you miss the present moment due to the worry it brings you, in every aspect of your life. But excessive thinking can be used to your advantage, and use its power to help you instead of against you.
How do you embrace your overthinking, and use it as a positive benefit? The first point is to be aware of the patterns, and triggers that cause your overthinking. Learning your patterns helps you notice when they will occur, and you can take precautions when needed.
Then you can use your overthinking habit to find positive answers to your problem.
3. Reduce Stress
We live in an age of constant doing, thinking, planning, worrying and fear. Dealing with uncertainty is major cause of stress, and anxiety. People in Western countries currently face a lot more stress today than they did just 5 years ago due to money, job issues, radical changes in life (for example a wedding), serious medical problems, natural disasters, difficult relationships, and much more.
And stress has major effects on sleep, and health. There are endless ways to manage stress. The one I prefer is taking care of you body. Even with all the things that stress us in our lives, we don’t have to live with it.
4. Develop habits to focus on the now
As Spiritual teacher, and author Eckhart Tolle, wrote in his inspiring book, The Power of Now, learning to live in the present moment allows us to experience “a way out of suffering, and into peace. ”
Living mindfully is key to less stress.
But given the fast pace, and hectic schedules most people have, anxiety, stress, and unhappiness are our new normal. Many people experience this multiple times every day, life passing us by while our minds are focused on something else.
But are there things you can do every day to help you stay in the present moment? The solution is focus on the now and develop conscious awareness by living in the moment. How do we do it? Just focus on your senses and become aware of what you feel. Do it every day, for example every time you have a break, and it will become eventually a positive habit for you.
But you have to practice it every day. Try the simple tips above, focus on the now and you’ll be able soon to kick stress, anxiety, and uncertainty to the curb, and start living a more fulfilled life.
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