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.
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.
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