Living in the NOW: Enjoying the moment in a world full of distractions

Living in the NOW: Enjoying the moment in a world full of distractions

In today’s fast-paced and always-on world, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily responsibilities and distractions. That to-do list never seems to end and our minds are being pulled in multiple directions, making it extra hard to focus on the present moment. The only moment that should truly matter here and now.

But if we never master the art of being present, we rob ourselves of greater peace, happiness, and fulfilment. So how can we enjoy the moment amidst the busyness of life?

We’ll explore the ways further down but first – what the heck does being present even mean?

Being present means…

You’re fully engaged with the here and now without getting lost in thoughts about the past or future. Raise your hand here if you know exactly what we’re talking about.

When you’re present, you are more aware of your surroundings, emotions and actions. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to truly appreciate the moment you are in.

But why should you care?

Well, a lot of research shows that being present helps you:

  • Reduce stress/anxiety by only focusing on the present rather than overthinking about future or something that happened in the past.
  • Improve relationships with others by building deeper connections and more meaningful interactions when you’re together.
  • Improve your wellbeing by practising mindfulness to be present.
  • Enjoy life more by fully experiencing the present moment and finding joy in simple pleasures which otherwise you may have missed.

So, how can we live in the moment?

Ways to be more present

1. Single-tasking 

2024 needs to be the year we all publicly admit that multitasking doesn’t work. It isn’t good for our productivity or our mental health. Instead, we should promote single-tasking - focusing on one activity at a time. Whether it’s working, eating, exercising or having a conversation, don’t get distracted and give your full attention.

2. Mindfulness practice

Meditation might not be everyone’s cup of tea, we get it, but it is actually such a powerful tool for training your mind to stay present by focusing on your breathing and bringing your attention back whenever it wanders. Unlike most of us think, it doesn’t have to be long either – a few minutes each day can make the difference.

You can also incorporate mindful breathing into your day. Count it as brain exercise or whatever you like. Take a few deep breaths and pay attention to the air entering and leaving your body, leaving no space for distractions.

3. Set daily intentions

How do you want to approach the day? How do you want to feel? Would you like to experience something new today? Then follow it through!

For example, do you always listen to music on your way to work? When was the last time you turned your music off and listened to the sounds of the surroundings? Feels a bit uncomfortable, right? Try it – you might be surprised how present it makes you feel.

4. Digital detox

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? Muting the digital noise is such a life changer.

Now, we are not saying you should fully give up on digital pleasures and social media joys. We say – try using it a little less and maybe even schedule times when you will commit to digital detox.

It helps you to de-centralise other people and their lives, and instead pushes you to enjoy your own life more. Why wouldn’t you want to experience that?


Becoming more present – like life itself – is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires a conscious effort and patience. But once you settle into the routine that works for you, it leads you to a more fulfilling life. Remember – the present moment is the only moment we truly have, so make sure to embrace it and experience it to the fullest. 💛

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