10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Live in the Moment (and 8 x 10 Printable Quotes)

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What Does “Living In the Moment” Mean?

In a nutshell, “living in the moment” means becoming extremely literal about what is going on right now.

Ask yourself:

What is happening before me?

What am I actively engaged in for this moment (Am I washing dishes? Snuggling with a child? Driving my car? Preparing dinner?)

This is the place where you want to put your full attention and focus.

This is can be so difficult because as moms we simply must plan for the future!

We must consider what’s for dinner, how that child will get home from basketball practice, and what subjects we’ll teach this week.

Planning ahead is a critical part of managing the chaos, right?!

Yes, but here’s the key distinction: 

Allow yourself time to plan, and then choose to stop thinking about those plans.

Do you get stuck in the habit of allowing something to just play over and over in the recesses of your mind too? Ugh. I can’t tell you how much stress that alone causes me. 

But friends, here’s the freedom: It’s a habit. And habits can be unlearned.

I’m not saying it’s not hard, but if we take it one moment at a time–saying, for this moment, I’m not going to think about it–slowly we’ll see things beginning to change.

Got it? Are we on board here? 

NOW… let’s talk about those amazing 10 tips for living in the moment that will change your life!

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gracehoule - February 3, 2015 Reply

I just told myself today, that I have to reset and choose to live in the moment, and then I read your blog. I love how God works like that. Todays moments was playing doctor with my daughter, crazy eights with my son, random hugs from my other son. Watching my husband carve out time for each child. I am thankful for God’s many blessings!

    Alicia Kazsuk - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Grace, thank you for sharing! God is incredible with His timing! Love it!! Your day sounds wonderful… sometimes our best days are the most simple ones. 🙂 Blessings to you as we (both) work out how to live in the moment and to discover God’s rich treasures there. 🙂

womenwithintention - February 4, 2015 Reply

Great tips! Thank you for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to seeing what you have this week! 🙂

    Alicia Kazsuk - February 4, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! 🙂 Glad that you found them helpful!

Cindy - April 1, 2015 Reply

Oh, I love this! Really great tips. I find myself needing to do this more and more as my kids grown. I find even standing up, stretching and walking around the kitchen is helpful. I try to live my day in chunks and be fully present in each segment (try…being key there ;)). great post.

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Cindy, thanks! Yes, I think it’s a constant re-evaluation of what’s going on right now in this second, and trying to just be there then. It’s totally something that I’m working myself into too! 🙂

    Genice - May 12, 2016 Reply

    Great comments! I really need to start stretching more! Great reminder 🙂

Lisa notes - May 12, 2016 Reply

“Today doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.” That quote really resonates with me. Last year I focused very intentionally on living in the now, so this post really speaks to me. # 10 is where I’m working today: “10) Accept His provision for this moment and choose joy.” Thanks, Alicia!

    Alicia Michelle - May 13, 2016 Reply

    Thank you! I love that you’re working through this too! #10 is close to my heart as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Genice - May 12, 2016 Reply

Great info, thanks! I make a conscious effort to refuse to be busy. Or maybe I should say that is my goal and I work at it. Sometimes I tell myself, “I am not in a hurry so don’t act like it.” And I make myself slow down and be in the moment. I like your note taking idea. I do that as well except I use notes in my phone. That way I know where all my notes/ideas/plans are; otherwise, I might stress about which idea is on which note lol! The other thing I do is, I take about a minute or two (or 30 seconds lol) and I look at my children. I really look at them. I look at their eye lashes, their little hands, lips, chin or just something I love about them that reminds me of who they are. I love watching my youngest paint and draw or play in the dirt. I love to see my oldest in her fashion du’jour because she’s talented in areas where I struggle. All this reminds me they are fearfully and wonderfully made and I thank God for them! I am convinced a thankful heart moves mountains! Thank you for your blog! I really helps me be a wife/friend/mom who glorifies God!

    Alicia Michelle - May 13, 2016 Reply

    Oh, how I love this, Genice!! God is SO present in our struggles and we can even see His handiwork in our children’s faces! Fantastic! I too am convinced that “a thankful heart moves mountains.” A gorgeous thought! And it blesses me immensely to hear that anything I write would encourage you to glorify Him more! Thank you for sharing that! Blessings to you today!

Melissa Ruddy - May 15, 2016 Reply

Love these printable they are beautifully designed and have a wonderful message can’t wait to frame them and put them up in my home. Thank you

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled - May 15, 2016 Reply

Great printables! I need to learn to slow down and just be. Great motivation. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.

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