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Tips to live in the moment?

Asked by Male, 37, Married
I think a lot about the future, could you please tell me the strategies to live in the moment?
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Madhuri Mohan
Counselling Psychologist

Hi, first let me tell you that I think that it is great that you have a futuristic outlook and like to think about and have a plan for the future. Not many people can do that and may live too much in the moment. However, I understand that you have the reverse problem. The idea is to strike a balance between having a plan for the future and living in the moment. Thinking too much about the future may result in missing out on opportunities in the present. There are a few things you can do to help you live more in the moment.Living in the moment does not mean doing what you want when you want. It is about savouring each moment and enjoying the present without worrying about tomorrow. When you have a conversation with a person be fully present and give that person your undivided attention. Similarly, when you are going out and you may come home late, do not worry about how you are going to feel tomorrow, instead, focus on enjoying the moment being with your near and dear ones. These are the times you can truly live in the moment without having to plan or think about the future. It could also be something as simple as an impulsive buy. If you see something that you know you can easily afford and you like it, you should just buy that without giving it much thought about what use it is going to be in the future. Making impromptu travel plans, it may not have to be to a far off place, but a small road trip with family or friends, etc. will help you live in the moment better. The key is to make broad plans for the future, have a basic framework of how ou would like your life to be and an idea of how you are going to achieve it but do not be rigid about those plans. If they change on the spur of the moment, embrace this change and do not worry about the consequences. Change is constant and by embracing this, you will be able to enjoy your present while keeping the future in mind as well. I hope this helps. Feel free to get  in touch if you want to discuss something more specific. thanks:)

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