Hello loves, ❤

I am slowly learning to train my brain on the present instead of spending my time trying to predict the future. Worrying is not preparing me for the worst case scenario the way I have been telling myself. It has only been making me more paranoid. It has only increased my stress levels.

There is no sense in jumping ahead to tomorrow, afraid of what might happen. “If you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you’ve lived it twice.” — Michael J. Fox

I am slowly learning how to silence the part of my brain that overthinks. Instead of staying stuck in my head, planning out my outfit for tomorrow or worrying about my meeting in a few hours, I am paying more attention to detail. I am paying attention to the taste of my coffee instead of chugging it. I am paying attention to the sound of my loved ones’ voices instead of taking them for granted.

I am slowly learning to appear present. I am listening when others speak instead of planning what I am going to add to the conversation next. I am looking others in the eyes instead of contemplating a way to exit the conversation soon after it begins. I am communicating better. I am acting as a better friend.

I am slowly learning to release my hold on the past. Instead of replaying my highlight reel on a loop inside my mind, I am taking steps toward creating a better now. I am taking better care of myself. I am learning to love myself. I am teaching myself how to say, “I am proud of everything I have accomplished and know even more good things await me in the future.”

I am slowly learning to worry less and live more. I am going to start listening to my gut, to my heart, and to my soul instead of relying on the pit in my stomach that warns me not to take risks. I am going to discover what makes me happy and spend a lifetime pursuing it. I am not going to wait until tomorrow to accomplish what I can do today. I am going to stop my trend of procrastination and live in the now.

I am slowly learning to stay thankful for every gulp of breath, for every step forward, for every thrum of my heart. I am not going take this moment for granted because I am fortunate to be living through it. From now on, I am going to make the most of my time. I am going to do everything I can with my world. I am not going to waste today.

I am slowly learning to exist in the moment because it gets tiring worrying about things that have already happened and things that might not even happen. I am sick of stressing myself out more than necessary. I am ready to live my life to the fullest. I am excited about where I am right this moment.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

DYH Signature

Advertisements

57 Comments

  1. Oh my love this post ! Yes worrying is not good and training your brain to stop … not easy I’m a worrier . I must say I do not like thinking of the future. Never have. I live and go by one day at a time well in perspective.keep trying . Hugs

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Yes! And I completely on par with the Michael J. Fox quote. Why go through the pain twice, right?

    And Anita, you’ll see my “The Get To Me Know Me” tag posted on my blog Tuesday morning (my time). 😉 Have you tried my goodies yet?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. When the brain won’t cooperate, can you use the body to feed it data that are happening now? For example, like this author shares, taste the drink, feel its temperature, listen to sounds around you, feel the texture of your pants. Feed your brain data of what is happening right now and see if it leads you to be present. Keep doing it over and over as training. It takes practice, just like learning any new skill. Try.

      Liked by 3 people

  3. What worked for me was realizing anxiety was worrying about the past or future, & that I wasn’t in the now. So I decided to start a bunch of activities that kept me in the moment, & shut off any useless worry. So bought myself a guitar & started teaching myself thru youtube. Taught myself spanish online. Went to the dollar store & bought $20 worth of cheap art supplies & started trying to paint. THat I fell in love with, & started learning abstract with acrylics. I was hooked! Nothing shuts off my mind more. I forget any worries, & just get into my creative zone. Gardening too. Stuff like that 😉 And of course blogging loll Much love to you xo

    Liked by 3 people

  4. You know why they call it PRESENT because it is actually a present(gift) from God.Everyday we have the opportunity to be the better version of ourself.Worrying and stressing over tomorrow spoils the happiness and positivity of Today.You are so right in saying that you are ‘learning’ because these thoughts does not come easy, we have to train our brain and body to think positive and to live in present.
    I loves your article.Such a beautiful beginning of my day.
    Good wishes.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. This is something I’m also trying to work on. I’m a creative soul, and it’s hard for creativity to flourish when you spend your time in a constant state of worry.
    Have you ever tried writing morning pages while you enjoy your coffee? At least three pages of stream of consciousness writing every morning – just whatever comes out without thinking about how it sounds. The point is that the words may be filled with pettiness and worry, but if you get it out there to start your day, it leaves your mind clear for other pursuits. And when you’re done, just tuck them away somewhere and don’t read them.
    I started mine a couple of days ago, and I’m trying to stick with it for at least 3 months. I’m excited to feel the results. ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  6. That is such a hard one. Being mindful. I use to live in my head all the time. Right up until 4 months ago when I crashed. Hard. In counselling I learned about beong mindful. Present now. When I find myself beginning to fret over something that has already happened I remind myself it is in the past and I cannot change it. When I begin imagining conversatioms/behaviours in the future I remind myself I cannot predict the future and how others are going to react or what they will say. I make it sound easy but it is not. It is work but your sanity and well being are worth it. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

      1. It is. But when you do the changes that are wrought are amazing. I cannot begin to explain how much more life you have. Or at least the changes have given me the ability to forgive and love myself which leads to a better life.

        Like

Let me know what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s