There seems to be a belief that slow living has to be a big lifestyle change, that you have to be a minimalist eco warrior who probably is also a full time illustrator or life coach on the side. I’m much more of the mindset that any slow you can bring into your life is a good thing, and you have to find a balance that works for you. If slow living is something you’re interested in, but you’re not sure where to start, here are some simple slow living tasks to try out this week.
Set your alarm half an hour earlier than usual, and spend the time reading.
We often bemoan over a lack of time to read, but we can probably all manage to wake up even twenty minutes earlier to read. Starting your day with a task that’s just for you is always a good thing, and I for one always appreciate some phone free quiet time with a book. It always makes me feel set up for the day well.
Have a candlelit dinner, with someone you love or on your own!
Take a leaf out of the Danish book of hygge, and create a cosy dinner setting. Whether you’re enjoying it alone or with someone you love, dish up something wholesome and nourishing, lay the table with your favourite dishes and light a few candles to set the mood. Be present in your meal and enjoy the sense of cosiness.
No phones after 6pm.
This is something we’re trying to do once a week or so, a phone free evening. It’s not always feasible – I love an insta scroll as much as the next gal, but I always feel better for a night without endless scrolling.
Try gratitude journaling.
I know, I know, I’m a journaling fan girl, but that’s just because it’s SO good. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, it can just be a ten minute task, but grab a scrap of paper and scribble down everything from the day you feel thankful for. Trust me, it’s uplifting.
Pick up the phone on a pal you’d normally just text with.
I know as a generation us millennials tend to be scared of using our phones as, well, phones, but one of my favourite things right now is to just pick up the phone on a friend instead of spending the evening texting. It feels like a more present connection and chances are we can cover everything in a good 20 minute conversation on the phone that we’d spend all evening staring at our screens for.
Create a cosy corner in your home.
Arrange a corner of your home with cosy blankets, your favourite candle a stack of books, a coaster and maybe a plant or too, so you’ve got the perfect spot ready to grab a quiet ten minutes (or an afternoon nap).
How do you try to bring slow living into your day to day life?