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Wellness Wednesday

A Quick Reminder to Focus on the Present

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I write this still riding the high of our city’s beloved Milwaukee Bucks winning their first championship in 50 years. I say “our city” despite having moved to Madison in May; Milwaukee will always be another home. One of my favorite moments from the final game was right at the very end: Giannis Antetokounmpo, smack dab in the center of thousands of screaming fans, cameras, reporters, and confetti, took a small moment to grab a courtside chair and take it all in. Despite a (wonderfully) frenzied circus swirling around him, he paused and took in that moment. His moment.

Writing as someone who struggles daily/hourly to stop, breathe, relax, and take it all in, my anxious heart skipped a little appreciative beat for Giannis. What a perfect reminder to just … pause for a second. You don’t have to win an NBA championship (again, after. 50. years.) to appreciate a moment. It can be as simple as sitting with a cup of coffee or scratching your dog’s ears.

This week’s message is simple — the next time you find your brain racing through your daily to-do list or worrying about the future, pause for a few seconds. Take notice of your surroundings, think about something that fills you with gratitude, and take a few deep breaths. Sometimes in our pursuit of health and wellness, it can be easy to overcomplicate things. But something as simple as setting aside a few moments to focus on your breath can help you appreciate the present.

Like any new skill, learning to be more present takes work. What little moments are you choosing to focus on this week?

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