Fitter and Healthier
Focusing on the present
Worrying about the future increases your anxiety; instead, try focusing on the present.
What does focus on the present mean? – To focus on the present means to pay attention to how you feel right here, right now, often this is referred to being mindful.
A great way to focus on the present is through practising breathing exercises. It will help you calm you down when you feel stressed or anxious; it also facilitates pinpointing what is making you feel worried or stressed by looking at your problems from a different angle.
Breathing exercises are easy to do. First, you need to find a quiet space where you can settle into a comfortable and natural position. Try sitting on your chair or couch. Once you’re in a comfortable place, take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out.
Try to focus on the sensations of your breath entering and leaving your body. Acknowledge your feet touch the floor or your clothes on your skin.
Then begin to notice how you are feeling and your thoughts without trying to change them and without judgment. When you are ready, take one last deep breath and bring this awareness with you into the next moments of your day.
Breathing exercises connects you to the present and helps you feel centred, therefore enabling you to find solutions to issues in a calm and collected manner.