1 May 2020

5 Ways to Achieve Slow Living


For quite some time now I've been turning life down a notch and enjoying everyday a little differently. Thanks to the slow living movement, I've been able to establish the lifestyle I want to create and have learnt what's truly important and valuable to me. There's no longer any guilt or confusion as to why I want to live a little differently and there's no longer any pressure to live a faced paced life.

In essence slow living embraces the idea of calming down and easing away from the constraints of modern life. Slow living encourages people to seek positive change in their lives through enjoying the small moments and well, becoming a little more mindful. With that in mind, here are my top five tips to help you slow things down...

1. Switch up your music and enjoy calmer sounds

I won't lie, I'm completely out of touch with modern music for the most part. I have a few artists that I love and stay up to date with, but primarily I'm either listening to something old (and by that I usually mean Phil Collins or 2008 John Mayer - sorry) or playing calm music. At the moment I'm absolutely obsessed with the sound of Alison Sudol's magical voice and often play a Piano Chill Spotify playlist when I'm feeling a little anxious.

2. Only participate in activities that you love

By this I mean, don't do anything that doesn't make you feel happy, motivated or inspired. Of course we all have mundane activities that we must partake in e.g. tidying the house or even going to work, but you know what I mean. In your free time there's simply no point in doing something just for the sake of it or to please someone else. So don't. 

3. Declutter your home

This is probably the most important statement if I'm honest. Decluttering your home and saying goodbye to anything you don't need or love is essential to slow living. Everything in your home should have a purpose. If you haven't used something within the past year, do you need it? Arguably not. So declutter and and keep the items you cherish - for example, these lovely seashells I've collected from beach trips within the past couple of years. These hold value to me because I adore Summer and spending time floating in the ocean. I keep them inside of a recycled glass mug I purchased several years ago upon my living room windowsill.  

4. Cook your own meals completely from scratch

There's simply no better feeling than cooking a meal entirely from scratch and it tasting damn delicious. I used to buy jar sauces and packet mixes for everything, but that's the old me. New me has learnt a lot! Some meals may take a little longer to cook these days, but the reward is much greater as a result. There's absolutely nothing more enjoyable than slowing down and focusing your mind on the meal at hand. Cooking = therapy.

5. Disconnect from your phone and enjoy conversation 

I've been terrible in the past at focusing too much on my phone instead of whatever is going on right in front of me, but I've got a little better in recent months. I think the important thing for us to remember is that our phone will always be there, we don't need to be active at every moment. The fear of missing out of course is very real, but focusing on true relationships is profoundly more important. So switch off and that means the TV too. Just talk, breathe and be present in the moment. Ask your partner / family members / flatmates about their day and make an effort to engage. 



14 comments

  1. Love this post Kate, definitely agree with all of these points. Number 2 is definitely something I need to do better - I often find myself saying yes to plans because I feel bad, even though my heart just isn't in it! I'm a little worried that I won't be able to improve on this one after lockdown, as I feel like it's going to be seen like 'theres no excuse' because we have all been indoors for so long! Love the last tip too - I recently deleted my instagram app off my phone for a few days, definitely feeling like I'm appreciating the little things more like actually being present and communicating in person not just through an app. Hannah / www.hannahshappyhour.com

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    1. Thank you for reading.

      I won't lie, I'm a real people pleaser which makes saying no very difficult. I know for my own sanity though that saying yes to everything just doesn't work for me - I need to not be busy all of the time. I actually hope that people will do the opposite and actually appreciate / respect each others needs a little more instead of adding pressure to be constantly available.

      I love Instagram but it's a very toxic place to be sometimes. I often find myself comparing my content to others and feeling like it's not good enough. That's exactly why I'm trying to channel more energy into making my blog successful, and in the past have also deleted Instagram from my phone too. x

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  2. Great post I enjoyed reading this! I agree with so many of these things. I think it is so important to declutter because it just clears your mind when you've got a cleaner room/house. I also try to cook my own meals from scratch as well, its just so much better when you know you have cooked it yourself!

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  3. Thanks for these suggestions my love! I'd really have loved to use this time to get into a slower pace of life but it seems to have gone the opposite way for me! I'm really trying to cut back on my phone usage though! x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  4. This sounds wonderfullly peaceful - and I plan to start doing some of it this weekend to bring down the tone of the week.

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    1. I'm so pleased you are planning on introducing these methods into your week. Even during this lockdown we can still find peaceful ways to slow things down even more to reduce any stress or anxieties.

      Thanks for reading x

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  5. You're so original, I love it. I'm definitely revisiting your blog again!! I totally agree with taking a moment in life to step back, take a deep breath and recognise what's in front of you. It coincides (did I spell that right?) with meditation. Some of us are so caught up in technology that we don't appreciate all the natural things the world has to offer. The only thing I struggle with when it comes to putting my phone down, is in fact I do have people on there who I need to text back and communicate with and is essentially an upkeeping of a relationship. What do you reckon to that idea?? All the best, Betty. X

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    1. This is so so kind, thank you! If you want to subscribe to my blog there's a little box you can fill in at the bottom of every page with you email address.

      I definitely agree in terms of wellness. Slow living is a different take of self care I suppose. I also agree in terms of my phone. I'm a lot better than I was and try not to get too wrapped up in social media, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't difficult. I'm constantly communicating with loved ones and it's hard to have the mindset to say I don't need to reply right now, but that doesn't mean a relationship is failing or being neglected.

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  6. I love these! I try and do them where possible but it's easy to forget and slip back into chaos again. We've recently de cluttered which has helped, and I've also become a bit obsessed with these 24/7 jazz loops on YouTube - think the sort you'd hear in a coffee shop on an early weekday morning. So relaxing, but also helps me work effectively in a more "tuned-in" way!

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  7. Great advice! Cooking my own meals from scratch has always been something that I've enjoyed and I definitely think that it helps calm you :) x

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  8. I love this post! They’re such great ideas and just small little things that are so achievable but can make all the difference to how we live. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me with this ☺️

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  9. I like that you have mentioned slow living! I am all about this right now. Might as well while we still can. I am all about cooking my own meals! Big plus when you can do it from scratch :). YESSS on disconnecting. Thanks for sharing all of these great tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  10. Love this post, sometimes I’m so fast paced in life that I don’t realise I really need to slow down sometimes. I love the point about disconnecting from your phone and enjoying conversation, that’s hard right now as that’s the only way I can keep in contact with loved ones during lockdown but when it’s all over I’m DEFINITELY doing this! Thanks for sharing.

    Holly x
    www.adailydoseofholly.com

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  11. This is such a lovely post. I've definitely been trying to focus on this throughout lockdown, as it's given me chance to take a step back from everyday life and focus more on self-care. I've definitely found that disconnecting from my phone a lot more has helped massively and enjoying more 'me time' has been just what I needed!

    Holly x
    hollystheatrethoughts.wordpress.com

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