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The Art of Slow Living (And How To Slow Down)

Slow living is possible through consistent habits that conquer overwhelm and stress. Here are my thoughts on the art of slow living.

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Spiral-bound notebooks filled with promises that starting tomorrow, I’ll do this.

New Year’s resolutions made every year – and repeated a year later. Trips to the Siwa Oasis and glimpses into a slower lifestyle. Dreams about how my life would change if I left the city.

I’ve always had ambitions to better my life. I love reading self-help books, joining weekend yoga retreats and filling out workbooks from online gurus.

But despite my best intentions to live a slower life, my everyday didn’t always look much different. Maybe I had less clutter in my wardrobe. But did I have a slow life?

We make resolutions and we set intentions. We read tips on meditation, digital detox weekends and mindfulness.

But our daily life especially during pandemic often runs away with us. And then we have to remind ourselves: slow down, do something – anything – to ease the anxiety and the uncertainty of days that all fade into each other.

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And how can we take these slow living ideals and translate them into our everyday routines?

The art of slow living

I don’t think slow living is a lifestyle we attain if we follow the right advice or get a capsule wardrobe.

I believe slow living lays in our daily habits and routines.

While a weekend spent clearing out your garage can be a life-changing catalyst, well-organized drawers won’t bring you much peace of mind if your days lack structure.

Because real change happens slowly with consistent habits built up into routines that slow down your everyday life.

It doesn’t sound very glamorous – scheduling in things we should actually just enjoy. But it’s the best way to keep my priorities straight.

And it’s only with small and consistent changes that we gain any long-lasting impact. Changes must be small to avoid overwhelm and that voice telling us, this just isn’t realistic. I just don’t have the time for it.

Slow living is only possible for me through consistent habits build up into tools that help fight anxiety, overwhelm and the stress that comes with fast-paced living and the glorification of busy.

These habits are fitted – and sometimes squeezed – into days. But they make the entire day slower and put in perspective the daily frustrations that would otherwise overwhelm us.

What can this quarantine time teach us about minimalism? Here’s what I’ve learned about the bare necessities of life during the pandemic.

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4 Comments

  • Ellen Carr

    I really resonate with this post Dee. I’ve definitely realised the importance of routine recently, and that’s something I’ve been thinking on, writing on and experimenting with a lot lately. I so recognise myself in those big promises to ‘rest more’, ‘slow down’ etc. and although I definitely had a Marie-Kondo decluttering catalyst moment to making changes in my life, it always comes back to those small daily changes. Right now I’m reminding myself to build the days I want and shape my business around those, rather than the other way around.

    • Dee

      Thanks so much, Ellen! I’m happy this has resonated with you.. For me it once seemed strange to schedule in things that I should be looking forward to, but I’ve realized there’s no better way to make the time for doing what you love.

  • Giulia

    My views on minimalism and quarantine are similar to yours! That is seems even more essential now to pay attention to what is REALLY important to us, and to incorporate these lovely little habits into our days to bring joy to the day to day rather than putting it off for what we believe are “important” moments.

    This challenge is a great reminder of those things.

    • Dee

      Thank you, Giulia! Yes we seem to agree on so many things 🙂 All of this extra time has really helped me to clarify what’s most important and I really hope I don’t forget that once things go back to normal.

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