How To Live In The Moment: Two Tips for Slowing Down and Appreciating Yourself!

Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

Today we're talking about accepting where you are in life, and giving yourself a break. Two powerful ways to let yourself know you are in fact good enough (heck, you're better than good enough!)

Tip #1: Slow down girl and accept where you are right now in life.

And then, as awkward as it may feel, give yourself a high-five because I'm pretty sure you deserve it. 

Let’s be real, nowadays we put way too much pressure on ourselves to keep moving at lightning speed, to have a full schedule to keep us busy, and an even fuller schedule for our kids. Then we question how or why we can't seem to get ahead in life and walk around feeling unfulfilled.

We're drowning in to-do lists and digesting social media posts for breakfast that portray motherhood as sacred and glorious as the second coming. (And if you're not feeling high and mighty, and heavenly, and your kids aren't picture perfect wunderkinds, then you must be doing something wrong!) Talk about pressure. 

Think about the self-inflicted stress we endure day after day and it’s no wonder we’re running on fumes. So today, instead of armoring up for the day ahead, slow down and see all the goodness around you. Tomorrow you can pick the gear back up but today take a stroll and let yourself realize how pretty awesome you are. Don't try to fix anything today, but instead, accept it all. The good, bad, and ugly, accept it all. Then let it go.

Whatever attachments to your situations you’re creating, just let them go. You’re good enough as is. When we battle or arm ourselves against an invisible enemy (stress, perfectionism, keeping up with the Joneses) we fail to be true to ourselves, and girl, life is too short for that sh*t.

Which brings me to... 

Tip #2: Give yourself a break.

When you stop focusing on yourself, and the many faults you think you have, you allow there to be space, space to just be. Turn the spotlight 180˚ and see all there is to see in this big, crazy world. Understand that you're ok, and that you don't have to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others and instead see everything that is out there, and chill for a second.

Life is big, so much bigger than we can even comprehend so don't overwhelm yourself with the things you feel you need to accomplish, that you think will make you "happier". Here's a hint: no one but you can make yourself happy. Or feel accepted. Or feel loved. That's all within you, you're in the driver’s seat.

Sometimes, taking a step back and turning your attention outward can be just the thing to save you. Yes, we all have problems and life situations can be intense, but every now and then you have to change your focus just to give yourself a break. You're an amazing, talented, beautiful woman and it's ok to not have it all figured out. Turn around, look to the horizon and take a moment. It's when we slow down that we give ourselves the best chance to survive and thrive. 

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Today’s tips are all about nurturing yourself and taking the time to notice where you are in life, to really stop and notice, because life moves friggin fast! One minute we have little babies and the next time we look up, they’re off to high school or college! Take the time to enjoy where you are right now in life and try not to be so hard on yourself. You deserve better than that!