Hitting the brakes
Strategies for savouring time
Include others in positive experiences or tell others about positive experiences and feelings (this is savouring, not skiting!).
Actively create and store memories of positive experiences for later recall and reminiscence (make digital or hard copy photo albums, frame photos of your favourite places).
Take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate personal successes (write a list and look back through your diary).
When you're in the moment, focus attention on specific stimuli to appreciate the positive experiences more fully.
Intentionally compare positive experiences to less favourable situations (notice what went well this time).
Immerse yourself fully in positive experiences (put your phone away; relate what's going on to your five senses).
Physically display positive feelings – don't hold back with laughing, clapping, hugging and singing.
Limit thoughts that detract from the positive experience, such as ways the experience could have been better.
Remind yourself the present experience won't always be there; appreciate the temporary nature of this precious moment.