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

Slow living means consistent habits that help to manage overwhelm and stress. Here are my thoughts on the art of slow living.

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?

Because you make resolutions and you set intentions. You read tips on meditation, digital detox weekends and mindfulness.

But your daily life often runs away from you. And then you have to remind yourself: slow down, do something to ease the anxiety of days that  fade into each other.

But how can you take these slow living ideals and translate them into your everyday routine?

The art of slow living

art of slow living

Slow living isn’t a lifestyle you attain if you follow the right advice or get a capsule wardrobe.

Slow living lays in your 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 peace of mind if your days lack structure.

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

Scheduling in things you should actually just enjoy doesn’t sound very glamorous. But it’s the best way to keep your priorities straight.

And it’s only with small and consistent changes that you gain any long-lasting impact. Changes must be small to avoid overwhelm and that voice telling you this just isn’t realistic. 

Slow living is only possible through consistent habits 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 put into perspective the daily frustrations that otherwise overwhelm you.

Read Minimalism and Quarantine for what the pandemic teaches us about life’s bare necessities. 

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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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