6 Obstacles Holding You Back From Enjoying The Current Moment

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Sometimes, no matter how good you know it is for you, living in the moment can be challenging. In fact, many people struggle to live in the moment no matter how hard they try. The question is, why is it difficult? Why does the past keep popping up here and there or even just thinking about the future could drag you down the rabbit hole.

Here are the 6 obstacles that hold you back from enjoying the current moment. 

  1. Your Mind and Its Old Pattern 

One of the biggest reasons you struggle to stay in the present is your mind. The brain appears to be hardwired to focus on the past and its old pattern. It often does this to protect you, trying to stop the same thing from happening to you again. 

The trouble is, when you let the mind do its own thing, you’re going to end up stressed out, anxious, and depressed. But, it is possible to retrain the mind to become more positive. However, it will take time and dedication from YOU!

  1. The Multitask Habit

These days, it seems impossible to get through life without multi-tasking. When you are trying to take care of the kids, run a home, stay on top of your career, and stay healthy; multi-tasking becomes a necessity.

However, when you are multi-tasking, you aren’t being fully present. You won’t be fully aware of anything you are doing. 

While multi-tasking should absolutely be used in some circumstances, it shouldn’t be your default setting. Even if something takes a little longer, commit to putting all of your energy into completing them before moving to something else.

  1. Anxiety

Anxiety can make it really difficult to live in the moment. It causes the mind and body to go into “fight or flight” mode. If you suffer from severe anxiety, you may consider seeking professional help to manage the condition. However, if it is mild there are things you can do to manage it yourself.

Getting anxiety under control will help you have a happier life, and focus more on the present moment. You won’t be worried about what could happen. Instead, you’ll appreciate the things around you right now.

  1. Fear of Uncertainty

Fear is another common barrier to living in the moment. When you are scared of the unknown, it’s easy to take the safe route. Unfortunately, that often means staying stuck in situations that you aren’t happy in. 

When you let go of the fear of uncertainty, you’ll start to live life to the full and see the opportunities it presents. 

  1. You Can’t Control Your Emotions

Like the mind, our emotions can also be a powerful thing. If you experience any overwhelming emotion, it can make it difficult to enjoy the moment. 

Learning to control your emotions is one of the toughest, but it is the most effective way to live more in the moment. Once you learn how to manage them, they will never be able to control you again. So, look at ways to control your emotions and start practicing them today! I have tons of resources on that topic on my resources page. I encourage you to check them out. 

  1. High Expectations

When we are trying to improve our lives, we often get told to focus on our goals. 

Goal setting is important, and it can help us to achieve the things we want. However, if you are too focused on the end result with the high expectation, you’re going to miss out on here and now.

Practicing gratitude each day can help you to appreciate the present while also looking to the future. Consider starting a gratitude journal and see why I always recommend it.

So, there you have it – 6 obstacles that are holding you back from enjoying the current moment. The good news is, while it may be difficult, it is possible. You’ll find plenty of tips readily available to help you start living in the moment today through my resource here.

If you are having a hard time staying focused on the present, the current moment and,  the thoughts about the past or the future are bothering you for days or even weeks, it is time to work with a life coach to help guide you through your uneasy feelings and retrain your brain so that you can enjoy your life fully.

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