I have never been one to come up with new years resolutions, so its no surprise I don't have one this year. They always seem so grand and over the top that they ultimately become unachievable which is why many people fail to keep them. I already have enough criticism and self doubt running around in my head, I don't need to fuel the fire by adding another failure to the list. All this considered though, I must confess that I have decided to try and focus on living in the moment more. It's not a new years resolution, its more an ongoing goal I have set for myself and one I find particularly pertinent now that I'm a mum. I don't want to miss out on anything now that I have a tiny little human to play with. And I don't want her looking back on her childhood thinking I wasn't present with her.
So, how do I plan on doing this?
I've thought of a number of little ways I can go about achieving my goal. I figure if I have a few ways up my sleeve then there's less chance of failure. Right?
1. Take moments to pause
Each day I take moments where I pause. I switch off my brain and the outside world and just be in the moment. I try to really experience what is happening and store it away in my memory bank in the hopes that it will last forever. Most of these times involve my daughter. Most recently today I took a moment to enjoy her sleeping on my lap. I was captivated by how peaceful she looked. Her long eyelashes caressing her cheeks as she slept. One hand holding on to my arm and the other protectively clutching her blankie. It was perfect.
2. Enjoy the simple things
One of the easiest ways to live in the moment is to find the pleasure in the little things. They can be everyday moments or occurrences that you normally wouldn't give a second thought to. Ones I've paid attention to lately include: the times I get to enjoy a hot cup of tea (mums will understand this), the excitement on my daughters face when she knows she's about to be fed, the amount of fun ripping paper can be and how awesome it is to be able to have a shower. Babies are good at making you see the excitement in the simple things, because everything is new and exciting to them no matter how simple it is.
3. Spend less time on gadgets
It just seems a natural part of society these days that our daily lives are taken over by gadgets. Most homes will have a smart phone, laptop, kindle, Ipod, Ipad, or some other I-thingie. We have all of them except the kindle. I must confess I am guilty of being on my phone or laptop while I should be enjoying 'real life' moments. I blame you Candy Crush! So, this year I am trying to spend less time on my gadgets and more time in the 'real world'. You have no idea how hard that's going to be considering blogging requires a fair bit of online presence and social media networking (thus gadgets). So, I'm not going as far as eliminating them all together, I am just going to be more aware of when I can and when I shouldn't be on them.
Do you have habits you want to break?
Did you make a new years resolution?
Do you need to live in the moment more?
Do you have any other tips on how to live in the moment?
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