How to Be Present and Live in the Moment

Bring back joy and satisfaction into your life by following these tips from author Rob Bell.

Are you consumed with worry for the future, or do you tend to dwell on the past? Does it feel like your life is at a standstill? If you’re struggling to live fully in the present, you may be stuck in a cycle of boredom, cynicism, or despair, or what Rob Bell, author of How to Be Here, describes as the three spiritual diseases. Get started on the path toward a healthier, happier you by taking the first step and letting go of self-judgment. Stop thinking that you can be “just” one thing – “just a mom,” “just a cashier,” or “just an average person.” Start each day with a moment of gratitude, which can help you gradually shift your thinking and consider what provokes you and give yourself permission to try new things. These exercises will help you rediscover your balance and ikigai, or what the Japanese refer to as the “reason for being.”

Print out this scorecard to remind yourself to stay focused on what’s currently in front of you and in your control.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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