7 Ways To Practice Slow Living

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We live in a world where every second not chasing a goal is seen as a waste. Everything needs to be done faster, and expectations from society rise higher and higher.

It’s noticable that more and more people seem to long for some peace and quiet. Slow living is a new way of living. Appreciating the simple things in life that make us realize how little we need to be happy.

Here are some ways to practice slow living and find more peace of mind.

1. Disconnect

Turn off the television, put your laptop aside, leave your phone in another room.

Go and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy it without any electronic devices.

Living in an electronic society that mostly lives online, it’s difficult not to feel a fear of missing out (fomo) when we disconnect. Though you’ll notice it bringing positive change when practiced more.

Check out: Grounded: Slow, Grow, Make, Do: A Companion for Slow Living by Anna Carlile

2. Focus On Your Surroundings

Just look around you. Take in the surroundings. Go on a walk and touch the flowers, look at the leaves moving in the wind, and take in the smell. How often do you really notice what’s going on around you?

Waiting at the busstop? Scrolling on social media. Waiting for your dentist appointment? Checking out pinterest. We are rarely conscious in the moment.

“Life is too short not to look up.”

Try instead being in the moment, noticing where you are and what is happening around you.

Check out: Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World by Brooke McAlary

3. Appreciate The Little Things

You don’t need much to practice slow living, only a willing mindset. Start by noticing the little things around you.

Be present at what you’re doing. Focus on brewing your cup of coffee, without distracting yourself.

Appreciate the weather, the smell of fresh air, fresh laundry, new bedding. Those little things you take for granted.

Check out: Seeking Slow: Reclaim Moments of Calm in Your Day (Live Well) by Melanie Barness

4. Journalling

Writing down your thoughts and ideas in a notebook is a great way to experience slow living. No electronics, no distractions, just grab a pen and paper and get going.

Check out: Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner

5. Meditate

Meditating can bring your mind at ease. With just a couple minutes of meditating your day can be completely different. See it as a moment for yourself, to escape this fast-paced world.

Check out: Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary

6. Read a Book (or Two)

Like journalling, reading can give you a moment of peace. This evening, switch your television off and go for a book.

Reading calms the mind and is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Instead of scrolling through your phone in bed, try picking up a book.

Check out: Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home by Julia Watkins

7. Gardening

Get yourself some green fingers. Spend some time outside, start growing your own vegetables or herbs, or plant your flower garden.

No garden? Focus on your indoor plants. Water them, watch them grow, try to propogate some of your houseplants, or grow some herbs in your kitchen.

Check out: The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living: Cultivating Sustainable Simplicity Close to Home by Mary E. Kingsley

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