As part of Mental Health Month, Way Ahead, the website of the Mental Health Association of NSW, offers 10 Stress Less Tips for 2015. All of them are great tips, but let’s take a closer look at “Live in the present moment.”

What does living in the present moment mean? Why is living in the moment good for your emotional and mental health? When you’re caught up in stress, living in the moment can seem like a bad idea. You have a deadline to meet or need to figure out how you’re going to pay a bill on time. You have a million things to think about and need to get them all done. Then maybe you can take a breather and enjoy “living in the moment” for a few moments.

Living in the moment can seem like an escape tactic, but it can be the best thing you can do even in the midst of a busy and stressful day. When your mind is busy thinking about the future, it’s hard to prioritise the things you need to do now. When you’re thinking about the past, you’re often thinking of past failures (especially if you’re feeling stressed and worried). When you take the time to live in the moment, you can focus your mind on the task ahead without comparing it to the past or thinking you have to hurry so you can get on to the next thing.

Living in the moment can actually make you work faster and more productively. At the same time, stress disappears because stress is usually caused by the anticipation of future difficulties.

Handling Negative Emotions

Our minds are far more powerful than we think, as an interview John Petrozzi held with Dr. David Hamilton shows. Dr. Hamilton started out in the pharmaceutical industry, but became fascinated by the efficacy of placebos. Dr. Hamilton recommends visualisation techniques to handle stress and even disease. Read or listen to the podcast on Living is Easy and learn more about visualisation techniques. While you’re there, listen to this fascinating interview about handling emotions.

PWC Leichhardt Psychology Services

How can you learn to live in the moment? A good meditation technique can teach you how to de-stress naturally and learn to observe and change your habitual thought patterrns. Getting into the habit of meditating each day can help you live in the moment even in the midst of your busy day. Our Leichhardt psychology services include one-on-one consultations and we also frequently hold special events and classes.

Also to find out more about the Empowered Women program and retreats run by Suzi Petrozzi go to