Slow living is a movement that has grown into a conscious lifestyle thanks to blogs like Me & Orla, Local Milk, and Humphrey & Grace portraying a beautiful, slow-paced way of living. Long mornings in bed on a Sunday, slow walks in the forest on a weekend afternoon, an evening of playing boardgames by candlelight… are just some of the ideas surrounding this style of living. For me, taking life one step at a time, enjoying small moments and not becoming consumed by everyday life are ideal ways to start. Below is my own take on the slow living movement and how I will be embracing slow living philosophies to help with my journey towards a more thoughtful life.
Wake up an hour earlier
Make time for coffee, read a blog post or watch a vlog before the day starts.
Take time getting ready
Listen to a podcast, take care with makeup, hair and choosing what to wear. Give myself time to not have to leave in a hurry.
Spend less time in front of a screen
Choose a book over scrolling through Instagram. Set a dedicated time slot in the morning and evening for checking social media.
Too often I have ideas of creating lovely things like scrapbooks and travel journals only to never actually get around to doing it. Make a conscious effort to sit down on one or two evenings a week and just draw, paint or make something. Anything.
Prepare the night before
The reason I am always rushing is because I put things off until later – until it becomes too late. Make the effort to not leave things until the last minute.
At some point, I would love to put together a list of more specific ways to unwind and take things slowly so I would love to hear any ideas that you might have!
What’s your take on the slow living movement?