Here are my top three tips on learning how to become more present.
TIP ONE: Take a Sun Break (but leave the phone behind)
Go outside and sit in the sun for 5-10 minutes. That’s it. Leave the phone behind, don’t take a book, and limit other distractions. Give yourself the gift of experience - the sun’s warmth, the sound of the birds and insects, appreciating the landscape around you. Why? We build our capacity to become more present in life by creating opportunities to practice presence. (Plus we all deserve a little more sunshine.)
If being outside isn’t feasible for you at the moment, it's all good! Use the sunniest window available to you, remove distractions, and enjoy!
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TIP TWO: Brush your teeth differently
Mix up your routine - brush your teeth differently! How you swap it around is up to you.
How do you normally brush your teeth? Do you stand at the bathroom sink? Try sitting down. Brush in the shower? Brush at the sink. Do you always use your dominant-hand but have a non-dominant hand available? Switch it up!
Mixing up a routine forces us to be mindful to keep focus on the task at hand. This exercise will train you to keep your attention on the present moment.
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TIP THREE: Tell yourself nice things with "Nice Notes"
Friend, YOU ARE MAGIC! It’s easy to forget what we don’t see (or hear) on a regular basis…”out of sight, out of mind” is REAL thing. So, you gotta remind yourself of your magic on the regular.
Write an encouraging “Nice Note” to yourself - this can be whatever words or reminders of encouragement you need. Put it in your planner, on your bathroom mirror, phone screen saver, or frame it for your desk/wall. Just make sure it’s in a spot where you’ll get to see it often.
Telling yourself nice things is a practice of showing up for yourself - on purpose. Because when you can be present for yourself intentionally? It’s easier to be yourself on purpose. And y’all…that’s where the real magic is.
If you need inspo for your own “Nice Note” message, take a peek at these Pick-Me-Up Messages.
As you go into this week, remember being present is about showing up - on purpose. When we practice becoming more present, the better we can be at intentionally showing up for ourselves and our favorite people. Give these tips a try, and let me know how it goes! Reply to ths email or reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you a week filled the joy of living life on purpose.