Mental Health
May 19, 2022

Making Contact with the Present Moment

“Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown – but the present is real, and your opportunities are now.” — Maxwell Maltz  

Let’s talk about being in contact with the present moment.

Before we begin, let’s ask ourselves how much time we spend in the “here and now” versus being distracted from the present moment by getting lost in our thoughts about the past (eg. “Should I really have done that?”) or the future (eg. “What if it doesn’t go well?”).

Why is being in contact with the present moment important? This is because our lives are experienced in the present moment, and the here and now is where our behaviour occurs. This is where we are able to consciously act in a way that makes life worth living for us – connecting with loved ones in a particular manner; engaging in enjoyable activities, overcoming our fears, trying out new things.. you name it. If our mind is constantly somewhere else, how possible would it be for us to consciously behave in a way that is consistent with a life that we want for ourselves?

While it is good to reflect on the past or plan for the future in a way that moves us towards our personal goals, excessive rumination about past events and planning for the future can become problematic by increasing levels of anxiety, stress, and depression, thus impacting on our everyday functioning. When we engage in excessive rumination or planning, we become less in contact with the present moment – with people and things that make our life meaningful.  

Life is becoming increasingly fast-paced, and everyone has their fair share of responsibilities to carry and demands to meet. With so much going on in our life, being in contact with the present moment can be a big challenge. It requires making a commitment to attend to the present moment as much as possible, and following through with consistent practice. The more we practice being in the present moment, the better we get at it, just like every other skill we’ve learnt throughout our lives.

Here are some great ideas to practice being more in contact with the present moment that won’t take up much extra time at all – these are already things that are part of your daily routine!


Can you think of other ways to contact the present moment?

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