DISCOVER THE JOY OF SLOW LIVING
At times, the modern world is an overwhelming place to be.
We’re constantly bombarded with 24 hour-a-day online content, caustic politics and conflicting ideas. Feeling frazzled at the end of a long day is commonplace. And then there’s the pressure to compete with our peers or move at a faster place through an already busy life.
But there is another way. There’s a movement gaining momentum that allows us to take back control of what’s ours. It’s called slow living and when harnessed correctly, it can lead to a more fulfilling, wellness-focused existence. Here’s how you can cultivate your very own life slow lived.
Slow living explained
Living life at a slower pace (and with less) isn’t easy in today’s climate. But that in essence, is what slow living is all about.
Championed by publications such as Kinfolk and popularised by the Instagram hashtag #TheArtOfSlowLiving, the idea of living more simply is undeniably an appealing one.
The origins of slow living are many:
The rise in making self-care a daily priority.
The recent call for us to ditch our devices and be more present.
Our increased awareness of how we can nurture the planet we call home. The welcome infiltration of Scandinavian concepts hygge and lagom into everyday vernacular. Encouragement from a certain KonMari expert to indulge only in things that spark joy. All these factors colliding together beautifully and serendipitously have created the modern slow living movement.
So how can you put the philosophy into practice?
Find what’s important to you
Starting your slow living journey means re-evaluating your current lifestyle and examining why you want to ‘de-clutter’ your current life. And that means stepping back from the hectic pace that defines most people’s lives.
Spending time surrounded by nature, family and creativity are all cornerstones of slow living.
Fast food, fast fashion and evenings spent scrolling through social media are out. If these aren’t ideas you can get behind, slow living may not be for you.
Choosing to embark on a slower life should be a quietly inspiring time.
Slow living means being in tune with your values and the things you hold dear. It’s about making more time for things you like - and less for things you don’t. Want to start that novel you’ve been meaning to write? Have a vision of yourself making pottery? Or gardening? It’s time to stride comfortably and confidently into your new pace of life…
Using slow living to detox from the digital world
It’s disconcerting to hear the average adult spends the equivalent of one day a week solely on social media. And when you consider that more jobs than ever require us to spend time online, it’s easy to imagine that number creeping up. If the time you spend in the digital world is tearing you away from the things that really matter, slow living may just be the solution you’re craving. By only making time for activities that bring your joy, you’re less likely to reach for your phone when boredom strikes.
Slow living isn’t necessarily about reducing screen time, but it’s an effective way to reset your thinking and make a considered choice about when it’s appropriate to be online.
in the world of slow living
When we take the images we see on Instagram as gospel, it can feel as though you have to look or behave a certain way to embrace slow living. But the reality is that slow living is for everyone - no matter your ethnicity, body size or socio-economic background.
Many influencers are on a crusade to diversify the way we see slow living - it isn’t all drinking herbal tea, wearing white linen robes in a rustic cabin. Although all of those things sound dreamy. It’s important to understand slow living is more than an ‘unattainable’ aesthetic - it’s an antidote to the less appealing side of modern life.
A huge part of slow living is about accepting the simple joys in your life, your way. This means you don’t have to completely overhaul things overnight - you can start small.
Carve out time on your commute to write or make time each Saturday morning to meditate. And if you’re struggling to make time for slower moments (perhaps you have children, pets or a partner who need your attention) make it a family affair - forest bathing, picnics and painting are all ‘slow’ activities that can boost wellbeing and nurture our spirits.
Slow living and you
Ultimately, slow living means something different for everyone. Whether you want to devote more time to your passion or make family life more simple, it’s a way of life that’s less stressful and more joyful - which is something we can all benefit from. What are you waiting for? It’s time to take a deep breath and slow down.