Live NOW!

Yeah, of course, I hear you, “when else could I live”, you’re asking yourself.

But think about it for a moment.

Do you really live now?

Or are you thinking about yesterday, last week, last year…?

Are you re-living past experiences?

Or are you thinking about tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? 10 years from now?

Are you worrying about:

how your life will be like a year from now?

how the life of your children will look like in 5 years’ time?

I know, I get it, I am a mother too and I would be lying if I would say I do not worry from time to time.

But where does it get me? What good does it bring you?

What do we gain by living in the past or worrying about the future?

NOTHING!

And I would even go further and say:

it brings needless stress, anxiety, negative feelings, sleepless nights, unnecessary arguments!

90% of all the things we worry about, never happen!!!!

So why spend all that energy fearing things that will never exist?

STOP it right now!

Live in the present moment!

Enjoy this very minute!

If you don’t:  the moment is gone forever!

Never to return!

Think about that for a moment!

Do you want to waste so much precious time?

No! So?

Yes, I know, I hear you thinking “but how do I stop”?

Just do!

Say it out loud: STOP!

Yes, say “stop” to yourself!

If you are feeling too much anxiety; come back to the here and now.

Step out of that “worst case scenario movie” in your head!

A very easy tool you can use for when your emotions are taking over is:

Focus, take a deep breath and name:

5 things you see right now

4 things you hear right now

3 things you feel right now

2 things you smell right now

1 thing you taste right now.

In actively making your conscious brain work, your unconscious brain shuts up, the movie stops.

And the emotions quiet down, the anxiety diminishes.

That’s how you learn to live in the now.

Stop living in your head, it eats away your present time here, today.

And your actual life slips away, unnoticed.

“The hours are long but the years are short”

The holidays are a good place to start.

You already feel more relaxed,

You are already triggered by new places, new experiences,

You can learn to live these moments to the fullest.

And then when it gets crazy again, make your conscious brain work on returning to the present moment.

Train your brain as you train your muscles!

Do it day after day and you will notice that after a few months:

you can easily stop the worrying, the treadmill in your head.

Of course, we will always feel, we will always think, we will always worry even.

Hey, we’re human.

But if you don’t let the emotions take over your state of mind, you will easily be able to return to being present, to living and enjoying the now, and that’s what counts!

Do not let your emotions rule your life!

I wish you all a very present, a very conscious week!

Discover the world right in front of you and you will see how beautiful it is!!!

Enjoy it!

Thanks for reading me!!

Katrien

www.lifecoachwomen.be