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In a fast world – how do you live slowly? And what even is slow living? Slow living was a big trend a few years ago, and then came Hygge, or Nixen. But the truth is slow living is good for us in so many ways. It can be challenging to change your pace because you will still need to attack your day with the same motivation and vigor.
We all need to slow down, though, and take stock of life before it passes us by. If this global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is precious. Let’s stop to enjoy it for a moment, right? It’s exactly why I left my corporate career in search of a slower, digital nomad experience.
how you can indulge in the art of slow living
Take It Slow — The Key to Slow Living
While you might decide right now that it is time to change your life, it will take time to implement. This approach takes patience and calm. Knowing that in a week, you might feel rushed and busy for a day or two, but the rest, you can implement your new way of being—remaining flexible and understanding of yourself.
We often measure our successes against the success of others, but that can make us feel like we aren’t achieving.
The truth is, on your journey, you can’t use other people as the benchmarker no matter how much you want to. We can use them as motivation and inspiration to achieve our goals, but remember this: they’re in their lane, and you’re in yours.
Take some time to define what success is to you – what does it look like?
If you find that you need to be busy for the sake of being active, then are you avoiding being alone? Spending time with yourself might reveal some things that you need to be alone and comfortable to deal with.
The purpose of your alone time could be either to force yourself out of your comfort zone or to do nothing. Both will give you tremendous insight into yourself.
When we slow down, we begin to create more space to do the things we love – or the things we don’t know we love — painting, writing, drawing, or baking. Try something you haven’t tried before, like watercolors, oils, sculpting, or baking this french toast casserole recipe by Le Creme de la Crumb.
It is essential to do it from scratch—no rushing, no cutting corners — do it slowly and with purpose.
The people around you right now might not be the people you need around you in the future. To achieve your higher, more slow self, you might need to trim some people from your life.
It can be a complex undertaking, but often you can be happier by doing so. Your inner circle should be filled with people who are at a similar pace in life as you. Typically these will be good people who are conscientious and supportive. Remember that you need to return that energy, too, though.
Rest — a necessary component to slow living
Living your life slowly and thoughtful requires energy, and the one way to get more energy is to make sure you are resting. Resting can be sleeping, napping, reading quietly, or spending time in nature.
It is whatever brings you peace and calm and rejuvenates you.
Are you looking for a new way to spend time? Check out: 4 Creative & Relaxing Hobbies At Home