Do you regret things in your past, worry about the future, or do you focus on the present day?
Where you place your focus can impact how you think, feel and behave.
Past - Depression
Focusing on the past and thinking of what could or should have happened can lead to feelings of guilt and regret. These feelings can develop into depression.
Present - Here & Now
Present: a popular coping strategy to use when your mind wanders to the past or the future is to refocus your mind on the present moment, the ‘here and now’.
This is a coping strategy called mindfulness and it is very useful to reduce stress. The more you practice mindfulness, the easier it is to calm your mind and body.
Future - Anxiety
Focusing on the future and thinking of what could or should happen can lead to worry or fear. These feelings can develop into anxiety.