4 Simple Strategies That Can Help You Live in the Moment

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 86

Mindfulness has become a common “buzzword,” but a lot of people aren’t really sure what it means or how to practice it.

Mindfulness is about learning how to live in the present moment. That’s hard to do in today’s world, though.

So often, we miss out on things because our minds are wandering.

We don’t pay attention to someone talking to us because we’re thinking about all those things on our to-do list. Or we miss what’s going on in our kids’ basketball games because we’re so worried about whether we offended someone in a conversation we had yesterday. The list of distractions is endless. 

When we become mindful, however, we learn to focus on what is happening right now. And when we do, we become fully present in our lives.

Not only might that help us feel better, but it may also have a great positive impact on our relationships. 

It takes practice to get there, though. And in today’s Friday Fix, I share four simple strategies to help you start practicing mindfulness right now. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.