2018 has been nothing short of manic for me. I’d planned a restful + restorative year, allowing my body space to heal from the problems of 2017, my mind space to switch off and time spent enjoying the simple things. It didn’t really work out like that though, and I’m still sat here scratching my head, trying to figure out how the hell we got to September already. For the rest of this year, I’m embracing slow. I feel like carrying on as I am is just asking for burnout, so as we transition to a new season I’m making slow the aim of the game, and here’s how.
Having plans is great, I’m a big fan of it. It gives you something to look forward to when you’re stressed or fed up, and especially as the nights draw in, it’s nice to feel like you do things other than just work. However, when you start to feel anxious about just how many plans you have in the diary, your washing is piling up, your kitchen needs a deep clean, and you haven’t had an early night in over a month, enough is enough. I’m not making any more plans over the next few weeks because in all honesty, I need a break from doing, being and socialising.
Spending more time on slow pursuits.
Reading, baking, meditating, hiking, gardening. I want to spend more time on slow, offline pursuits that make me happy. I’ve got a list of my favourite bakes that I haven’t made in ages, a stack of books to work through, and a few places I want to get my ramble on in.
More home cooking.
We’ve been eating out/ordering in again a lot recently, and honestly I’m just craving some home cooking. Autumn is the season of wholesome, hearty home cooked meals, and I’m looking forward to spending some time in the kitchen cooking fresh, seasonal, comforting meals.
More offline time.
If you’re signed up for my #HuntingForAutumn newsletter, you’ll have read all about my little digital detox experiment in the last issue (you can read it here if you missed it). Honestly, I found it so restorative, and I can’t wait to incorporate more offline time into my daily life through autumn and winter.
Make time to be thankful.
Gratitude practices make me happier and calmer, and they’re something I simply don’t prioritise. I want to make sure I end each day by writing three things I’m thankful for from the day. It’s an activity that will take two minutes, but I really think it helps you stay positive and grateful.
Be more present.
It’s easy to move through life being caught up in things that happened or things you need to do, without addressing the present with the proper care and attention it deserves. We’re always doing multiple things at once, or we’re on our phones while we’re communicating, or we ruin the little moments of peace by worrying constantly. I got very good at being present while I was in Australia, I spent a lot of time focusing on mindfulness, but also it’s easy to stay focused on single tasking when no one you know is in the same time zone, but I’ve slipped over the last few months. Single tasking and mindfulness are things I need to embrace more.
Spend less, enjoy more.
It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of believing that you have to own to enjoy or to be happy. Not only is this thought process negative in itself, it’s pretty damaging to the bank balance too. Most of life’s greatest joys don’t cost a thing, and over the next two months I want to spend less, enjoy more.
I think the transition from Summer to Autumn is the perfect time to start embracing a slower pace of life. With the evenings drawing in and the temperature dropping, it’s an ideal time to spend a little more time focusing on the simple things, indulging in some self care, and slowing down.
How do you embrace slow?