As I mentioned in my article about the effects of stress, all it takes is a single thought to initiate a cascade that will undermine your health. Like most people, you probably have a lot going on and have a to-do list that’s a mile long. It’s bad enough when a forgotten task alarmingly pops in your in your head, but then you worry about forgetting it again and it just lingers unpleasantly in your mind.
Picture yourself lying on a beach, enjoying the warm feeling of the sun on your skin, and relaxing to the calming sound of the water. You are too wrapped up in the moment to care about anything that might normally worry you. This is what’s called being in the present and having a clear mind. The more often you achieve this state, the happier and healthier you will be. But you’ll never get there if you keep worrying about the tasks and appointments you can’t afford to forget.