Living in the Present

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Giving up Past Expectations.

In the coming weeks, CTN’s Neuropsychology Team will be sharing a series of posts to support the mental wellness of the children, youth and families we serve. We hope that these posts and additional resources will provide comfort and encouragement as we adjust to our new ways of working, interacting and going about our daily lives.

It can be hard to give up past expectations as we think about how things used to be. It’s not the same now. We wish that life would return to normal. We dream about when it will happen, and we try to make our present lives look like the past as much as possible.  

Focusing on the negative can be disappointing and it can discourage us from achieving our goals. What would happen if we shift our focus to the present and embrace the situation we’re in now?  

Are there opportunities that we didn’t have before?  Is there something worth celebrating? Have you or your child learned a new skill, tried a new activity, created new family traditions or spent more quality time instead of sitting in rush hour traffic?

When we live in the moment, we may discover new opportunities and new successes. It’s all about changing our focus and embracing the present. You’ll be surprised at what you may discover!

For more information, check out the video from Dr. Jen.