There are a lot of benefits to slow living. It’s an active stand against the hustle and convenience culture most of us know so well. On the outside, it may look a little “house on the prairie” and while it can be whatever you want, it doesn’t have to look that way for you!
All it is is literally slowing down and being present more. And if that sounds intimidating, keep reading for my best slow living tips!
Slow living tips:
1. Cooking more of your meals
While we’re actively avoiding “convenience” we’re taking time to cook our own food, it’s more nourishing, less wasteful and genuinely allows us to be present for the duration. Plus it’s always rewarding to eat what you’ve made with your hands.
2. Eating seasonally
Eating seasonally is another great way that allows us to be present. It helps us align our bodies more with nature as well. But eating summer foods in summer and fall foods in falls lets us appreciate what each season offers rather than constantly wishing for the next season.
3. Focus on all your senses
A grounding exercise I’ve learned on my healing journey has been to focus on all my senses as often as needed. If you’re needing to slow down, try focusing on 3 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, and 3 things you can see. Then do 2, then 1. It snaps me right back into the moment and allows me to appreciate what I have and where I’m at.
4. Slow down your consumption
The reason we have fast fashion, fast food and an all-around need for the next new thing is largely due to the media. And over-consumption is anything but slow. A huge part of slow living is actually sustainable living as well. Creating less waste and caring for our planet as the good stewards we’re meant to be.
5. Live in tune with the seasons and nature
Along with eating seasonally, we also need to live more seasonally as well. This can mean eating what’s in season but also partaking in seasonal activities. Instead of spending all winter wishing and waiting for spring, get out and enjoy winter activities! Even if it means trying something new!
6. Learn to rest
Learning how to rest does not come easy when you’ve been subject to the idea of “you can rest when you’re dead”. Start saying no to obligations that are draining and listen to your mind and body when it says “rest”. And then try not to feel guilty about it! It all takes time.
7. Pick up old hobbies
I don’t know about you but ever since phones and the internet came around, I’ve let some hobbies go. Hobbies like reading, cross-stitching or painting. Try to get back into the routine of doing a hobby at least once a week. It’s life-changing.
8. Take time away from screens
And in order to do some hobbies, you may have to take some time away from your screens. Set aside an hour to start not checking your phone and just being present in whatever else you’re doing!
I hope these slow living tips help inspire you to slow down and live in tune with the seasons and yourself! None of this will happen over night. Slow living is not a destination but a journey. As corny as that sounds.
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