5 Tips For Staying Present
I recently re-took the Myers Briggs test to confirm (for the umpteenth time) that I am ENFP. This means a lot of things... mainly that I'm an "extroverted introvert." I know what you're thinking, "that's an oxymoron!" Maybe, but it also means that I gain energy from experiences with others, but then I need time alone to process those experiences and decide how I feel about them. Another part of being an ENFP is that you like starting things more than you like finishing things, and you're always "onto the next one." My mind races from one discombobulated idea to the next and it rarely stops for a moment. This quality is fantastic because it always lights a fire under my you know hhhhwat, but it is also exhausting because well, my mind doesn't ever get to rest. I kind of have to force myself to stop and appreciate the present moment. To be thankful for what I've accomplished today without already planning for next week. Do you know what I mean? Do you ever feel like you just want to stop for a minute and hop out of the hamster wheel? If yes, but you're unsure how to do it, maybe these methods will help you. Check out my five favorites below.
No surprise here, meditation helps to slow our mind down. I've spoken about this before, but I use the Headspace app, usually a 10-minute session. I'm still working on being consistent with meditation, but I can absolutely feel it's effects on my daily life and at keeping me grounded.
2. Do Nothing For Two Minutes
I love this website when I'm spiraling at work. You open it and then don't touch anything, or else the timer will reset back to two minutes. The vision of the ocean and sunset is calming and serene.
3. Go For A Walk
And don't take your phone with you! 15 minutes (or more) around the block will help you clear your head without checking social media or sending another text.
I find a good steam session really helps me focus on my breathing, which immediately brings me into the present moment. I like to use the sauna at the gym, or on special occasions visit an infrared sauna at HigherDOSE. You can also take a bath for a similar effect, just no phone or TV.
5. 90-Second Rule
This trick is taught by Tony Robbins, and was introduced to me by Brandon, my fiancé. Funny enough, he showed it to me to help me get over an argument quickly. I am good at forgiving, but bad at getting back into the flow of the day. I often stay stuck in the past and feel grumpy and irritable. This 90-second reset helps me to shake-it-off and choose to return to the present moment!