Living In the Here and Now

living in the here and nowHello friends.  This post has to do with health and all aspects of it.  We all know that stress kills in more ways than one and that there are endless amounts of data showing the results of it.  Cancer, hypothyroidism, ulcers, IBS, (irritable bowel syndrome) deaths and so on.  Because of stress, people’s lives have changed, and their health has suffered.

In a ton of my posts, I have given you ideas on how to eliminate stress and or how to reduce it in your life.  This article will be one more that will help you to rethink how you live and give helpful tips on how to reduce stress by living in the here and now.  I’m not talking about instant gratification but something on a deeper level.

Everyone goes through stages in life. Starting as children we don’t have a care in the world, to teens who feel awkward but still want to be loved, to getting a job, to hitting that adult mark where life just got a little more serious.  None of these stages are bad, just a cycle of life.  I can’t help but think how this cycle could be changed a little with a different mindset.  Meaning, when we hit the teen mark and beyond why can’t we be excited and keep that love for life?

empty nestersLook at the retired, with their kids all grown, out of the house and just getting around to enjoying some things in life they’ve always wanted too.  My aunt and uncle, who live in the country, are a perfect example.  They have five children and for years had plans to build an addition onto their farmhouse kitchen, mudroom and fix the one bathroom so it was functional.  Did it happen while the kids were home or when they themselves were younger to enjoy it longer?  The answer is no.  Why?  When going to their house and telling my uncle how excited I was for them his response made me really think.  He said, “Ya, we finally have a nice entry and kitchen, but the kids are all gone and can’t enjoy it.”  You could see the regret written all over his face from putting it off and waiting.  They didn’t wait because lack of funds, but because there was always something else that needed to be done.  It wasn’t until my aunt got really sick that they decided they weren’t going to wait any longer.

live in the here and nowIt’s amazing how health issues will give you a wake-up call.  Why is that? Why it takes such extremes for people to wake up? 

Life should be lived in the here and now.  Not one of us can predict what will happen to us tomorrow or if there will even be one.  I’m not being depressing just being a realist. 

Opportunities come along every day that we pass up because we’re going to wait until we retire or have more time or when the kids are older.  Again, I ask why?  How exciting and stress-free would life be if we just took each day and made it the best, not waiting for tomorrow?

it's time to rethink

I’m a realist as I said and understand people have to work to make money and afford a house, rent, food and so on.  However, I still believe a person can balance work and living.  How many times over the years have you told your kids, “Not now, maybe later” or “I don’t have time for that there’s work to be done” or “Maybe tomorrow,” when knowing the whole time, you won’t do it then either?  It doesn’t have to be about the kids.  How many times have you told that to yourself?

Retired people have a lot of regret because of these things.  Now that they’re older they’ve come to realize time goes by way too fast.  They wish they would’ve embraced life when they were younger or when their kids could have been with them.  Not everyone has these regrets but many people do, including the ones that don’t have kids.

a love for lifeThe stress of daily life compounds itself until people get into a rut and miss opportunities to enjoy what’s all around them.  From building an addition to traveling and spending time with your kids.

To counter this, sometimes you just have to do the unexpected and take a leap of faith.  Anything that will give you a new perspective on life and the time to enjoy it.  This will not only impact you and your stress levels but your entire family. They will now see there is a different way besides the daily grind and open their eyes to new possibilities which will allow them to think outside the box.

Growing in this environment will give them wonderful memories, a happy childhood, and a close relationship with you, their parents. They will also develop a love for life as will you.

How many teens are committing suicide?  A sad, sad amount.  At such an early age they feel like life doesn’t want them, they have nothing to offer and they don’t know how to escape except to take their own life.  I truly feel if we could teach them at an early age how to embrace their life we would have fewer suicides.

life is shortI’m not a doctor or a psychiatrist, but I am a mother and know my children better than anyone.  If I can’t take the time before they’re out of the house to enjoy life and show them how to embrace each day, who will?  I want to do this for myself just as much as I do for them.  Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your life.

Living in the here and now is the best thing you can do for your health and it doesn’t always cost money.  Just being present, smiling, being thankful for something, laughing or just enjoying where you work are all ways of living in the here and now.

If you’re single or married without children, do you enjoy what you do?  Has life already swallowed you up making you feel stressed when you get home at night or do you enjoy each day?  If you are retired do you sit alone in a house or do you wake up saying, “I have another day to live, what am I going to do to enjoy it?”  Life shouldn’t stop at any age.  It should be lived to the very end.

being present and living in the here and nowNo matter your circumstances or how you grew up it’s never too late to change your mindset.  Life is to be enjoyed and is there for anyone.  You are the only one that can change your attitude or circumstances and you are the only one that can choose to be thankful.  Life’s not always a bouquet but I truly believe there’s at least one flower a person is always holding.  It may be your positive attitude alone or simply a smile, but you hold something worth living for every day of your life.

Stress will starve on a happy soul.  Remember that and you will flourish.

In closing I really hope you won’t just read this and forget about the message, but that you will cut it out, keep it as a reminder that you are loved, and that life is worth living in the here and now.

Cheers- Heather Earles

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