It’s hard to live for the moment and most of us wait until something tragic happens before we remember what really matters. Being ill reminds you of your own mortality and it feels as if your running out of time. Attempts to project, plan and play catch-up when your illness prevents you from going about your daily duties are energy zapping and frustrating. Here are 7 ways to live for the moment.

When was the last time you really looked around you and smelled the air or noticed how many different shades of green and blue there are? Most of us just go through life not noticing the little things, things that make up life. I remember when I was first diagnosed with lupus, everything looked completely different when I returned from my 12-day stay in the hospital, even though everything was exactly how I left it. I don’t know what happened but everything was sharper and the colors were different more vivid. I was so busy trying to take care of two kids and struggling with my health that I was blind to what was around me. For some reason, personal crisis jolts us back into the here and now. Why wait for tragedy? Here are 7 ways to live in the now.

Be Impulsive
Do something wacky completely out of left field. Have some fun. Chase your husband or your children. Go through all of your old music, crank it up and sing at the top of your lungs!

Throw out the trash
Most of us know people that are negative. These human vampires suck the life out of you by feeding you all of their negative energy. They ask you for advice but never take it and constantly create drama for themselves. Try spending a little less time with people who don’t want to take care of themselves. If you can’t, try telling them how you feel about their energy depleting ways.

Try something different
If you always order the same thing when you go out to a restaurant or watch the same television program, try a different menu item or program. Enlightenment is good for the soul.

Break the Rules
Sometimes you just have to do what your not supposed to do. If you’re on a diet, give yourself a break. Pick one meal or one day to indulge yourself. Life’s too short.

Focus on one thing at a time
I know women are famous for multi-tasking but you’ll get a lot out of what your doing if you can focus on just what your doing.

Stop beating yourself up
Do you criticize your appearance or what you say? Do you review everything you do? Stop it. Chances are nobody noticed and if they do so what. Don’t waste time and energy worrying about what people think about you.

Give yourself a pat on the back.
Find something good about yourself instead of dwelling on your supposed flaws. Nobody is perfect we are way to critical of ourselves. Look at yourself and notice your smooth skin or your lustrous hair. Remember that you’re a fantastic seamstress, highly efficient or make a mean martini. You’ll be all right.

Cherish the Love
Love the one your with. Take a good look at the person your involved with and remember why your fell in love with that person to begin with. Take something with you that reminds of that person, a knick-knack from a vacation or a picture. Remembering what it’s like to be in love will stay with you when you have a little souvenir.

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