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Being Present

Do you often find your mind wandering at home, at work or even out with your friends? Is it difficult for you to keep focused and be engaged fully? Are conversations you just had challenging to recall?

If you answered "yes" to any or all of the above questions, you most likely struggle with being present.

What Does it Mean to be Present?

Simply put, being present is being conscious and enjoying the moment you're in, fully experiencing the matter at hand. It involves being engaged and focused.

Why Is This a Problem?

With the world being so fast-paced, where things are over before we're even aware they've occurred, the art of being present has been long forgotten by many. The things that are of significance don't seem to matter quite as much anymore.

Consequently, our quality of life decreases. The ability we once had to enjoy the moment and connect with others has been lost. There is truly a lot at stake.

How Can I Fix This?

  1. Quit multitasking- Although multitasking is often associated with efficiency, when you're trying to partake in several things at once, you aren't concentrating on one thing, which inhibits the quality of production.

  2. Practice gratitude- This practice helps a variety of things, from happiness to contributing to stronger relationships. Try thinking of five things each day you are grateful for.

  3. Practice mindfulness- Bringing attention to the moment involves being aware and accepting your feelings and thoughts.

  4. Take in your surroundings- Situational awareness starts with knowing what's around you and noticing the normalities and abnormalities of the scene. It also helps to let go of the things you can't control in this setting.


Despite the busyness of the world, it is still important to allow yourself to be present in the moments of your day. In your daily interactions, take a moment to connect with your mind and body.

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