The Art of Slow Living

Many of us are busy from the moment we wake up until we finally lay down in our beds at night – scoffing just hearing the words “slow living.” But hear us out, because this could be just the change of pace you need. Let’s dive deeper into the art of slow living.

What Is Slow Living?

Let’s face it: Life can be hectic. So to put it simply, slow living is a mindset where you curate your life by prioritizing the things you value most. And it entails doing things at a more appropriate pace – not as fast as possible.

The Benefits of Slow Living

In a fast-paced world, slowing down can feel like going against the grain. But here are some reasons to consider this lifestyle.

The Joneses? Never Heard of ’Em.

Ever fall into the trap of thinking you have to keep up with the Joneses? New car, new house, new tech gadgets? Slow living means you no longer spend money on what new things you think you need; instead, you invest in things you already know you love and that make you happy.

No Time Wasted

Growing up, we constantly heard, “Where has the time gone?” But we had no idea why people said it. Now, we realize how precious time is.

We aren’t trying to bring the vibes down here, but let’s be real: We never know how much time we have. When we slow down and focus on what matters, we also focus on who matters to us.

Your Health Will Thank You

When we are constantly on the go, our diets suffer. Think about it: Are your on-the-go meals full of protein and vitamins that energize you? Or, are they unhealthy and make you feel sluggish? You deserve nourishing meals, and when you live slowly and plan things out better, that is more likely to happen.

How to Practice Slow Living

So you think you’re ready for a change of pace? Here’s how to do it.

Say Goodbye to Clutter

There’s a lot to be said about minimizing the stuff around you: It reduces visual distractions, allows you to appreciate the moment fully, and simplifies your routine.

Have a Go-To Space

No matter how dedicated you are to slow living, you may need to separate yourself and take a breath. Designate a space (or several spaces) for these moments. Examples include the front porch, your favorite park bench, a book nook, or under a tree in your backyard.

Start Slow

If you’ve ever started your morning in a frenzy, you know it sets the tone for the rest of the day. To avoid this, wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual, do some stretches, make coffee, review your to-do list, then proceed with your day.

Ditch Multitasking

Some say they thrive under pressure, but those who embrace slow living don’t recommend it. Taking on one task at a time can make you more productive with fewer errors, and can help you enjoy the process a little bit more. Mono-tasking doesn’t just involve work; next time you’re with friends or family, put your phone down and focus on the people you love.

Hear It in the Silence

Whether it’s television, a podcast, or your favorite album, there’s almost always some noise. Turn it off and enjoy the silence. Instead, open some windows and appreciate everyday sounds.

Set Healthy Boundaries

People pleasers, we’re looking at you! Setting clear limits lets you focus on the most important things. And when you commit to something for all the right reasons, you’ll be the best version of yourself.

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