As a global society, we have so much uncertainty about our future which makes it incredibly hard for us to be in the moment.
Being in the moment is vitally important because it allows us to connect with ourselves, as well as the people around us. Often when we struggle to manage our distressing thoughts or emotions, we are fixated in the past or the future. There can be a sense of peace when we give ourselves permission to be present in the moment. I would like to share one of my favorite skills that helps me personally be in the moment. This skill ideally will be used at least once a day; weather permitting.
Go outside for at least 10 minutes and simply notice your 5 senses.
1.What do I see? – The blue sky, white clouds, birds flying, green grass, squirrels, a groundhog, flowers blooming, buds on trees, and neighbors smiling and waving at me as they drive by.
2.What do I feel? – The gentle breeze, the warm sunshine, small pebbles under my feet, and my hair brushing against my face and neck.
3.What do I smell? – Flowers and freshly cut grass (when I can smell something I know I’m engaging in deep breathing).
4.What do I hear? – Birds chirping, the breeze in the trees, my footfalls.
5.What do I taste? – Dark chocolate that I ate a few minutes ago.
Spring is a great time to do this activity because you can notice something new each time you venture out.
It is important to reach out for professional help if you are struggling with your mental health. We are here to help if you are interested in starting that journey. Please take care of yourself!
Laura Dionne, LCSW