by Bree Taylor Molyneaux

As Im sure you would agree, modern life can be rather busy.

It can often seem like days and weeks move at a rapid pace, like its hard work just trying to keep up with it all.

However when we run from one task to the next, ticking off an endless to-do-list, our own lives can even feel unfulfilled, unsatisfying and lacking a deeper purpose or meaning.

When we are always on the run, the body responds by triggering a state of biology often called Fight or Flight mode – something which is supposed to be a survival response for rare life threatening situations, (fleeting moment of time which subsides shortly after).

But these bodies are not designed to be in a constant stress mode, and yet so many people are living in states of near constant overwhelm.

How good do you imagine that is for your body and mind?

So what can you do to overcome the stress which can create more ill-health?

Firstly it helps to understand that feeling like this is really just a side effect of NOT being present or mindful; it happens when we lose track of ourselves in this moment of now.

You see most emotional problems are created from worrying ahead (about things yet to happen), or reflecting back (on things already passed) instead of just being in your body; feeling your breathe flowing in and out, noticing sounds inside or around you, and being fully here, now, in this moment.

Because miraculously, when we are in this moment we can choose to feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled and grateful, and more at peace. And life gets a whole lot easier when we have those things because this is inherently what the mind and body crave (and how they function best) …  in a place of balanced homeostasis, where everything operates in a state of physical and emotional wellness and a there is ease, calm and stillness inside.

If you didn’t already realise, there are many ways you can get more present and it doesn’t even need to cost a cent!

To start with get outside, take your shoes off and put your feet on the earth (sand, grass or in the water). Breathe deeply and feel the sun on your skin, the breeze on your face and the sounds of what is around you.

If you are driving children in the car, take a moment at each traffic light, of when getting in / out of the car to pause and reconnect to your breathe –  breathing with deliberate awareness is your most powerful tool for getting into the now quickly, if you will just allow yourself to enjoy it.

And most importantly, make it ok to do things for you – stopping to slowly enjoy that cup of tea or coffee, your meal or the embrace of someone you love – more and more often in each day, as you learn to make it more important to feel good in the present moment, than anything else.

With a little regular practice you can work towards a more emotionally fulfilled and resilient self on an ongoing basis.

So RIGHT NOW this very moment please close your eyes, take 5 deep slow breaths – in and out – and just be with yourself for a few short moments … 

play rest + savour something


About the author

Bree Taylor Molyneaux is a Brisbane based happiness coach, clinical hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing® practitioner, self-care and personal renewal facilitator, mother and wife. She founded Aspire Hypnotherapy, coaches women in a wide range of areas, runs restorative + self-care retreats, and has a range of and hypnosis downloads available. Read more about Bree here.