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Being present in your daily life is easier said than done, but once you harness the power to live in the moment, it’s like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. When you learn how to be present-minded, you’ll quickly notice that there are several life-changing benefits, including improved social skills, reduced stress levels, increased creativity, less over-thinking, the ability to be more open, playfulness, and a greater appreciation for the world around you. During times of uncertainty, it’s all the more important to know how to be more present. Here are some key ways to help you on your journey to living a more balanced and stressless lifestyle.

Swap Angst With Curiosity
Is fear precluding you from growing on a spiritual, emotional, or physical level? The fear of making the wrong decision, taking a risk, or being a perpetual people-pleaser could be holding you back from getting that promotion, living in your dream home, or finding the perfect relationship. Instead of feeling fearful, look at these scary scenarios as an opportunity to act on feelings of curiosity instead. It will help you be more open to trying new things and meeting new people.

Trust Your Gut
Believe it or not, you can rarely go wrong by making a decision based on trusting your first instinct. The tricky part is learning how to trust your gut. Practice by acting on what your instinct is telling you when it comes to making a small or large decision. Once you get into this habit, you’ll have greater confidence in your decisions.

Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is defined as feeling thankful for what one has and being ready to express that appreciation. When we practice spiritual gratitude, we are expressing our thankfulness for what we have received, including material or monetary gains, positive feelings, and the people in our lives. Make an effort to cultivate gratitude every day by writing down what you’re grateful for (even the simplest things count!), learning how to recognize the feeling of gratitude within your body, getting support to stay strong (friend, family member, psychic or otherwise), and staying consistent with your practice.

Surround Yourself With Positive People
While constructive criticism can help you grow, destructive negativity can cause you to doubt yourself. Maybe it’s because someone is jealous of you or perhaps they are just miserable in their own lives. Whether it’s friends, family, a significant other, or spiritual advisors, surround yourself with positive people who make you feel more confident and motivated. Of course, with social distancing in place, you’re going to have to connect in different ways. Have daily phone calls with family, video chat a dear friend, or get a group chat going to keep up with multiple loved ones. Spending extended periods of time away from others can tend to feel isolating, but luckily technology allows us to still feel closely connected during this experience. Stay connected with others to remind yourself that you are not alone, and we are all in this together.

Practice Self-Care
A healthy body equates to a healthy mind—one that is more apt to stay present. Taking care of yourself is crucial on a normal day let alone during uncertain times. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a balanced diet filled with nourishing whole foods. Self-care can also be defined as carving out some time for yourself to do something you enjoy such as reading, gardening, listening to music, taking a bubble bath, cooking a healthy meal, etc.

Meditate
Schedule some time in your day to take a deep breath and clear your mind. Even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes, meditating each day can be a very effective way to reduce your stress levels, increase relaxation, and improve sleep. This can also help you practice mindfulness, increasing your self-awareness so you can address how you are truly feeling. If you’re looking to get started, try out guided meditations found on YouTube or download apps such as Headspace and Calm.

If you live in a busy city, finding tranquillity in your daily life can be a challenge. Research shows that green spaces on side roads, which are often hidden from view, tend to have high levels of tranquillity due to the screening effects of buildings from the noise of busy streets. Pedestrianised squares in towns and cities were also shown to be acceptably tranquil because of the distance from traffic – some of these squares also featured grass and trees.

Similarly, well-maintained side streets – especially with avenues of trees – or heritage buildings can also score highly due to good visual attributes combined with low traffic noise. Close proximity to water was also shown to be good for tranquillity because it is naturally nice to look at and is relaxing to listen to. To boost the tranquillity of an area, the first step is to reduce man-made noise. Obviously on a city scale this could be done by things like rerouting traffic, lorry bans and low-noise road surfacing, as well as noise barriers. But in terms of your own surroundings, anything you can do to reduce unnatural noise the better. Higher and longer fences and walls next to the road can help here. As can creating a small quiet area with perhaps a natural-sounding water feature close by.

Increasing the percentage of natural features through “greening” can also help to boost the tranquillity of an area. Introducing more trees, shrubs, or trellising to “hide” building facades, makes people feel less stressed and calmer in their surroundings – so go wild with the greenery.
Having “natural” sounds can also help to make a place feel more tranquil. This could be done by installing a water feature or pond. This which will not only help in terms of relaxation but it will also encourage water fowl and birds. What all this shows is that creating a refuge from the din of city life doesn’t have to be a huge task. And it is often neglected green spaces that can be re-imagined as havens of tranquillity.

In Sheffield we are so lucky with parks like The Botanical gardens and the Rivelin Valley Nature trail, we are also surrounded by the Peak district, with hills, caverns and reservoirs. There are no end of tranquil places to visit. Here’s some more ideas to chill out my friends: https://www.yorkshire.com/places