“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
I have a question for you. But first, take a moment to stop your internal monologue. Don’t think about your worrisome direct report; your supervisor who may be making you a little nuts; or that report which is due in two business days. How often do you stop to experience pure moments of joy; to live in the moment and just be? I have been fortunate to have 2 1/2; months off between jobs. It has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. After 4 1/2; years of heavy business travel, I have been able to slow down and remember the little things that bring me pure joy. I find myself in a much better position to start my new adventure that will begin next week!
- Music: Music is one of my great loves in life. There’s nothing like cranking your favorite song and just letting loose with a sing along moment dancing through the kitchen.
- Family: Being a mother has always been my most important and rewarding job. Listening to my daughter sing during a performance is magical. I love listening to my son play his acoustic guitar.
- Swimming I began swimming as early as I can remember and started my competitive swimming career at 10 years old. It is my meditation, my strength, and provides me sanity. Plus, there is just something about the smell of chlorine in the morning
Three steps to Experience Joy and Live in the Moment
- Let Go: Silence your inner monologue. Let go of your troubles, they will be waiting for you without fail. I have a difficult time with this. Swimming is one of the ways I quiet my internal dialogue.
- Be a Child: Think back to your childhood. What were the activities or moments that stand out where you were truly happy? For me it’s always been singing or swimming.
- Make Time for Joy Daily: The mental health benefits of just being happy might benefit your ability to avoid getting sick. According to post on the Harvard School of Public Health, there is a lot of data on how adversely negative thoughts affect our health. Laura Kubzanskey, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health is quoted, “It looks like there is a benefit of positive mental health that goes beyond the fact that you’re not depressed. What that is is still a mystery. But when we understand the set of processes involved, we will have much more insight into how health works.”
Here’s a link to a fun and silly song to get you started. You’re Welcome!