- Mental Health
Enjoy This Moment!
Use your Phone or Digital Camera
How many times have you wondered where the day went? It goes by so fast, sometimes we don't remember what happened or what we did. That's why photos are so important. Take out a photo or look through the pictures you've stored on your phone or digital camera. Those photos are physical reminders of the events of your life. It's possible to recreate a whole day just by studying a picture. Suddenly you remember where you were, what the weather was like, what you had for lunch, what you were feeling. Pictures are important. Take lots of them!
Use Your Mind
It is possible to make your days seem longer just by living in the present. One way to do this is to stop whatever it is that you are doing right now and concentrate on your breathing. Just breathe in and out for a couple of breaths. Look up at the sky and notice the color of it. What season is it? Look around: notice if you are alone or with other people. If you are alone, think about how you are feeling. What is your body telling you? Start with your feet and "think" your way up, examining each part of your body. Focus, don't lose concentration. Notice how the air feels on your skin. What are you hearing? How does it make you feel?
If you are with friends, examine your friend's faces. Look at their eyes and mouths. Do they appear to be happy? Stressed? Really listen to the next thing that is said. Not just the words, but the tone of voice. Think about what kind of friend this person has been to you. Before this friend leaves, shake hands or hug. Touching is important and can anchor you to this moment in your memory. It does the same for your friend.
Music! Lots of Music!
Music can help you to live in the moment. Are you listening to a song that you really like? Turn it up and sing along! Focus on the feeling when a note sounds perfect to your ears. Hold on to that feeling and concentrate on it. Feel it as intensely as you can feel it. Stay with the feeling as long as you can. It will dissipate, as all feelings do, so you will have to work hard at holding onto it. This intense feeling is joyful. It's what we felt as children every day, but lost in the business of growing older. The good news is you can recapture it as often as you want. It's a little intense at first, so don't be afraid to feel it. Enjoy this moment!