As the wedding day approaches for Joe and me, we’ve had some of the most memorable moments of our relationship. And the old adage is true that “time flies when you’re having fun.” So, as we prepare for our big day and the memories that come with the planning, I’ve been trying to master some ways to make moments last longer.
If you, too, want to keep the good times rolling, keep these things in mind.
Make Moments Last Longer
Start with a mindful breath. As you arrive, take a deep breath. In through your nose, gently pause for a few moments, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. This reduces tension and increases focus, preparing your body and your brain to truly be present at the moment.
Set an intention. Physically say something like “I am here” or “I want to remember this moment.” This verbal cue directs your attention to the here and now, acting like a camera for your brain and snapshotting the moment.
Use your senses. What do you see; what do you hear? Noticing any subtleties that are present will help you create a true impression of the moment. Really challenge yourself to notice, taking in as many things as possible.
Capture the feelings. Acknowledge how you feel in the moment. This helps you save more than just the tangible parts of the moment, so you can access those emotions long after it’s ended. Another note here: allow yourself to feel emotions. It will make for a much more memorable experience.
If you remind yourself of these four things, you can always come back to these memories later. Don’t forget that you have the power to make moments last longer. Be intentional, practice mindfulness, and live in the moment.
How do you make moments last longer?