Become More Present

Do you think about the day ahead, the deadlines, projects, meetings; while driving? Do you worry and stress over an email you sent days ago that didn’t get a response? Do you feel the urge to check your phone while in a middle of a conversation or when spending time with your family?

Distractions are all around us. We fixate on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Tweet this

I would think about why certain things happened. My meandering mind on the past then created scenarios on how to steer the future.

This thinking pattern led to high levels of stress and anxiety.

Looking back to a year ago, the weight on my chest from the anxiety was something I had never experienced before. It was as if I had a twenty-five pound plate lying on my chest each time I inhaled and exhaled.

The fear of experiencing something much worse than the pain I was already feeling was the catalyst to a journey of transformation.

Committing to a journey of intentional self growth was the medicine I needed, I vowed to taking care of myself first in order to give my best self to others.

I gave myself permission to let go. Letting go and surrendering to the only moment that mattered, this very moment.

Being present originates from within your mind, it’s a mindset, or mind shift, that occurs overtime, with practice. Just like anything else it’s a muscle that needs to be exercised; and to keep that muscle healthy, it’s a constant devotion.

As much of being present resides within your mind there are things you can do to reduce the noise by removing your outside distractions; aside from meditation, which I highly recommend.

Here are 6 simple alterations you can do to become more in tune with the present moment.


Not only will you be more present by intently listening to your external surroundings, but also by listening to yourself, your vulnerabilities, your fears, your feelings.

Recognize those and become more aware of your internal space. Accept them, acknowledge them, own them and be honest with yourself. Get them on paper.

Too often we go through life numbing ourselves of the present moment because we’ve for so long suppressed our true selves. Tweet this

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About Eric Ungs

Eric Ungs writes about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook.