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Living in the Present

Living in the Present

After leaving my home of 20 years and moving more than a thousand miles to Texas, I've noticed a lot of changes in myself and things I need to work on more. One of the things I've been trying to work on is living in the present. Being someone who has and still struggles some days with anxiety and depression, it's easier said than done. I've been trying to make little changes here and there with the way I see and approach things, and I've started to notice some beneficial changes. With that being said, I want to share a few tips on how to do so because it's helped me tremendously. 

1. Remove useless possessions. Living a minimalistic lifestyle is key. Get rid of clothes or unneeded things in your home that you haven't worn or used in 6 months. I believe a clear space is a good beginning to a clear mind. 


2. Put down your phone. Try not to check Facebook whenever possible. Delete useless apps. Stop playing game apps at work on breaks and turn your phone off for an hour that evening when you're home after work and spend that time with your loved one. Just taking some time away from social media and your phone in general makes such a difference. With just that one hour or so, you can spend it on your hobby or reading or whatever it is that brings you joy. It doesn't sound like much, but little changes like this really do make a HUGE difference. 


3. Don't quiet your mind. Try not to judge your thoughts. When we try to quiet our mind, we end up disturbing it more. Recognize that you are having this particular thought/feeling and be done with it. It's okay to feel sad sometimes but remember we are not our thoughts. Too often we believe we are the dialogue in our minds, but we are so much more than that. 


4. Fully appreciate the moments of today. A lot of us are used to a daily routine and we start a habit of just "going through the motions" to make it until the end of the day. Be grateful for those small things and try to relish in them instead of dwelling on that one negative thing that happened this morning. It helps you to be more positive, mindful, and happier. Every day there is something beautiful to appreciate- keep that in mind.


These are the four things I've been focusing on the most lately. I still have a lot of work to do and one of my main struggles is to stop worrying and overthinking everything. I think the majority of us could try and better ourselves in that way. There is always room for improvement.


Much love, 

Abby
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