How can I live in the moment? This is yet another hard question you might ask yourself when you notice difficulties in focus and appreciating the moment you are in now. Most likely, when you are not focused on this present, you are focusing too much on the future or the plans/agenda you may have or need to accomplish. This is due to always feeling as though there is something to accomplish and being stuck in the logical mind, diminishing a state of awareness. Engineers, doctors, and lawyers tend to be common career fields where staying in the moment is difficult (of course there are other fields too) due to their logically-based thinking. Anxiety therapists in Orlando suggest a balance of logic-based thinking and emotionally based thinking.
To be focused on the current moment requires you to take in the surroundings near you but more importantly focus on asking “Where does my mental energy need to go?”. Your mental energy needs to be focused on you and only you. What does this look like? This is focusing on when you are doing something, why you're doing it and giving it your full attention. It is easier said than done because at any moment so many things can pop into your mind and take you away from accomplishing or appreciating the moment you are in now. This does take skill and practice in order to implement into everyday functioning due to our society's focus on productivity and efficiency.
Focus on putting your all into the moment and only when you feel it is completed do you move onto the next topic. Focus on multiple pieces and different areas at once prevents you from staying in the moment and adds to your overall stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can prevent you from living in the moment. Focus on the things that have happened or will happen takes you away from where you are and what will give you the most satisfaction. Deep breathing, appreciation, and understanding of yourself are things you can try and start to implement to begin staying in the moment. Anxiety therapy in Orlando can teach you how to tap into your five senses as a coping mechanism, and rid your mind of extraneous thoughts. Start your journey on self-awareness and focus today at Orlando Thrive Therapy!
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.