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5 Tips to Create a Present Moment Mindset

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

Our lives are chaotic and busy, and we are so focused on the past and the future

that we often forget to simply be in the moment.

The present is happening right now, yet so many of us take it for granted and

don’t appreciate the small elements of life that make it powerful and special.

You can train yourself to stop and be in the moment, finding inner peace and

tranquility just by following a few simple guidelines.

Try these tips to live more in the present moment:

1. Focus entirely on a specific action. Take some time to focus on a specific

moment. Stop everything you are doing and concentrate on one thing only.

This allows you to ground yourself in one task and completely clear your mind

of everything but the present moment.

● For example, make a cup of coffee and consider how it tastes when

you drink it. Concentrate on how the warm cup feels in your hands.

Consider the blend of flavors. What’s the temperature as it touches

your lips?

● All goals, concerns, and objectives should leave your mind. By

focusing on one action, you will be able to appreciate and enjoy the

small, seemingly insignificant actions in life. You’ll feel calmer,

more at peace.

2. Switch off your phone. Screens are an integral part of our lives. But we are

forever checking our emails or social media and are always connected. Take

some time to switch off your phone and tablet.

● Disconnecting for a short time will allow you to focus on what you’re

doing in the present moment. Perhaps have coffee with a friend or

engage in discussion, focusing on nothing but the conversation or the


3. Go for a walk. A walk is one of the best ways to achieve a present moment

mindset. It allows you to clear your head of unnecessary or intrusive thoughts

and concerns for a short time.

● As you walk, consider where you are. Appreciate how the ground feels

beneath you and what the temperature of the air might be.

● Think about the sounds of nature and isolate all other distractions. This

will allow tranquil, calming thoughts to fill your mind as you enjoy

being outside and concerning yourself only with what is around you.

4. Consider what you appreciate in the present moment. In our busy lives,

we can forget what we are grateful for and what we enjoy. Take some time

out to write, think about, or even record a list of things you appreciate.

● For example, you might appreciate your family, friends, your job, or

your house. Did you get to eat a meal today?

● Consider what brings you joy in the present moment and this will allow

you to feel a sense of positivity, warmth, and excitement.

5. Consider your senses. We take our senses for granted. Smell, taste,

hearing, touch, and sight allow us to experience the joys of life. They are so

powerful and important and yet many of us don’t take the time to appreciate


● As you go for a walk, take in the surroundings around you. Take ten

minutes of your day to sit still.

● Allow yourself to clear your mind, thinking of nothing but how

your body and senses are responding to the world around you.

This will allow you to be present in the moment, to fully experience that


By taking some time out of your day to be present, you will find yourself happier,

calmer, and more grateful for the smaller parts of life. We could all learn to take a

moment to stop, think, and enjoy every second of our day.


Thank you for reading our blog!

- Mike Acker

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