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woman-drinking-coffeeThere are many benefits of staying present throughout your days. Staying present means you are focusing on what you are doing, what you are feeling, and what you are experiencing as it happens. Being present means that you are not ruminating on negative thoughts, focusing on the past, or feeling overwhelmed by the future. Staying present takes practice and time for many of us. Here are three ways to help you to stay in the present.

#1: Consciously Observe Your Thoughts and Actions

One way to stay present is to observe your thoughts and actions throughout the day. Bring your thoughts and feelings to a conscious level. There are many benefits of doing this. It can help you to determine triggers or patterns that may be affecting your life negatively. Sometimes we fail to see certain patterns until we take the time to focus and look for them.

#2: Commit to Setting Aside Distractions

For some people, certain activities will be distracting or harmful while they attempt to stay in the present. Some of us find that certain social media causes us to worry about particular things. Make a conscious effort to set aside things that distract you from staying in the present. Many of us will not naturally remain focused on the present, especially if we are used to worrying about the future or the past. It takes a real effort and dedication to change your mindset and stay in the present.  After a while, though, it will become more natural to stay in the present, and you will feel its benefits.

#3: Focus on Breathing

Mindful breathing will help some people to stay in the present. Learning to notice our breathing in the moment will allow us to acknowledge and accept our emotions and feelings as they are happening. Learning to recognize our breathing mindfully can help us find our center, focus on our inner calm, and know when we reach limits. Mindful breathing can ultimately help in many different areas of life.

Staying in the present can help us to work through many different difficulties in life. If you find yourself struggling with mental illness, addiction, or trauma, you may find that staying in the present can help you acknowledge triggers, emotions, or patterns as they happen. Here at The Guest House, we understand that admitting you need professional help can be a big step. We are here to answer your questions and help you determine which program may be right for you. Call us today to start your recovery journey at (855) 483-7800.