“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly”. Buddha

To boost your present moment awareness here’s a super quick mindfulness exercise that you can do anywhere, any time. Start by slowly taking a deep breath in through the nose and saying silently to yourself “I am breathing in”, then gently breathe out and say to yourself “I am breathing out”.

Do this for three rounds of breath.

On your fourth round of breath say to yourself, “I am here in this present moment” as you breathe in and as you breathe out simply say “Right here, right now”. Take a final long, slow round of breath and if your eyes are closed, gently open them and notice how you’re feeling in the present moment.

When we focus our attention on the breath, we have no choice but to be in the present moment and being in the present moment is where we feel most grounded and connected.

Our stress levels also reduce because in the present moment we are not worrying about the future so there is less cortisol (stress hormone) being produced. Other benefits include boosting immunity and lowering blood pressure.

Did you know that just ten minutes of meditation each day can support our development of mindfulness. Try the Calm app or Insight Timer for guided meditations to get you started.

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