In today’s busy world, most of us live in a state of continuous distraction. We rarely relax, mental health problems are through the roof, and many of us lack a sense of fulfilment. Slow living is a lifestyle that seeks to serve as an antidote to these problems. Adopting this philosophy could help you live a more relaxed, mindful, and meaningful life. So join us as we embrace these three slow living tips for busy people.
What is slow living?
Slow living refers to a mindset in which you create a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle for yourself. It means doing what you value most in life, at a speed that allows you to feel and experience life to the fullest. This encourages you to live in a state of perpetual self-awareness, knowing that you’re making purposeful decisions that improve your wellbeing and sense of fulfilment.
Slow-living speaker and author Carl Honoré has taken things further by coining the concept of ‘good slow’ – meaning doing things slower to achieve a better outcome – as opposed to ‘bad slow’, when life gets in the way of you doing things as fast as you need to.
3 slow living tips for busy people
So, if you want to try slow living, what can you do? Start by following our three slow living tips below.
1. Declutter regularly
According to a new study by fitted furniture expert Hammonds, most Brits declutter their homes every six months.
There are many benefits of having a good clearout. It doesn’t just free up space around your home but also has many “positive effects on your mental and physical health. Knowing where to find things helps you avoid frustration and can make cleaning significantly easier” says Certified KonMari Consultant and Professional Organiser, Mimi Bogelund to Hammonds Furniture.
When the time comes to have a thorough declutter, try the following steps:
- Go deep into all of your cupboards and get out all of your belongings, working in sections (such as clothes, linens, or toiletries) to avoid feeling overwhelmed. We like to tackle one cupboard or area at a time and set ourselves a task to do one area each weekend.
- Go through everything, choose what you love and need the most – and let go of anything that is excess. Donate, sell or give away unwanted items so they don’t end up in landfill.
- Give yourself several months to complete the whole house, particularly if it has been a while since you had a good clear-out.
If you declutter right the first time you should never need to clear out radically again. A swift re-set every season should be all you need to keep clutter under control.
In a hyper-connected world, it’s easy to get distracted. By being constantly connected to our devices, we make it harder for ourselves to experience life more intimately. And the fear of missing out (FOMO) makes it even more challenging. When you completely unplug from tech, you get the chance to enjoy what’s around you. You can simply enjoy the things and people and nature, and reconnect with what it means to be alive. Try having a ‘slow-living’ Saturday and put your phone in a draw out of the way for the whole day. If a whole day feels like too much, try a few hours at a time. You may start to realise how much more time you have on your hands to do the things you enjoy most.
2. Cook at home
Eating takeaway food or out at a restaurant is convenient. And after a hard day of work, the instant gratification of a hot meal that we don’t have to make is hard to resist. But by doing this too often, you can miss out on the joy that comes with cooking your own food from scratch. Not only does it tend to be better for your health, but also gives you a tremendous sense of satisfaction – especially when you enjoy a homecooked meal with others.
Living a relaxed and intentional life is a challenge in today’s age. But by practicing slow living, it’s made a lot easier. Which of our slow living tips will you try first?
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