December 18, 2017

The Top 4 Ways To Be More Present

By Erin Kurt

We’ve all heard it before, “You need to live in the present” or “Be more present”. Although we know this to be true, we often find it difficult to be present because our lives are so busy. We always seem to be multi-tasking, which is the complete opposite of being present. Here are 4 ways that you can experience more presence in your life.

 1) Give yourself some time and space alone.

In other words, turn off to tune in. We all think that watching TV will allow us to wind down, and although it may to some extent, it doesn’t refuel us. Taking a bath, reading a book, writing in a journal, and listening to a personal development audio are all better ways of relaxing and being present.

2) Ask for guidance… and listen

Have you ever had a problem with your child or work and couldn’t figure out how to solve it? Becoming quiet, asking for guidance from a higher power, and then listening in the stillness can often bring the answer (or at least give you a light bulb moment as to who can help you). Without being quiet and still you cannot hear the answers, so instead of stressing for hours, take some quiet time for yourself then ask and… listen.

3) Honor a Day Off

Take at least one full day off to be with your family – no business, books, audios, etc. Just BE. Schedule something to do on this Sabbath or just allow the day to naturally unfold. Your body and family will thank you for it.

4) Play More!

The opposite of play is depression. What activities make you feel like you’re playing? Kicking a ball around with your child? Going to see a rock concert? Planning a surprise for your sweetheart? Going to a karaoke bar? List 12 things that remind you of playing and then schedule at least one each month for the next year. So simple, but so important. Life can feel overwhelming if we let it control us. We need to take responsibility for our happiness and set up systems that will allow us to be present, to recharge and to enjoy life as it was meant to be enjoyed.

 

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Erin A. Kurt, Stress-Free Parenting Expert, is founder of ErinParenting.com and the author of Juggling Family Life: A Step-By-Step Guide to Stress-Free Parenting, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to raise happy, respectful and well-adjusted kids in just 3 steps…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. video series and receive her stress-free parenting articles on how to parent without yelling and get your kids to listen to you the first time, visit www.erinparenting.com.

 

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