Health, The Good Life

Thinking in the Moment 2

Here’s another tip for boosting your brain power and reducing stress. Thinking in the moment will also help you learn to control what you think about and when.

Try this when you’re doing a something routine like waking up: Instead of just rolling out of bed, and dreading your eight o’clock meeting, think about your surroundings. Listen for birds, notice the feel of the water on your head in the shower, savor the sips of your coffee. It doesn’t take any more time; it just helps train your brain.

Thinking about the thought process — and experiencing the moment — is really about awareness. It’s one of the tools you can use to strengthen your neural connections and reduce stress. Focusing on what you’re doing right now keeps your mind from worrying about the mistakes you made yesterday and the headaches that await you tomorrow. It takes some time and effort, but, in the end, the act of living in the moment rewards not only you but also the people around you.

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