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We live in a world where every second not chasing a goal is seen as a waste. Everything needs to be done faster, and expectations from society rise higher and higher.
It’s noticable that more and more people seem to long for some peace and quiet. Slow living is a new way of living. Appreciating the simple things in life that make us realize how little we need to be happy.
Here are some ways to practice slow living and find more peace of mind.
Turn off the television, put your laptop aside, leave your phone in another room.
Go and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy it without any electronic devices.
Living in an electronic society that mostly lives online, it’s difficult not to feel a fear of missing out (fomo) when we disconnect. Though you’ll notice it bringing positive change when practiced more.
2. Focus On Your Surroundings
Just look around you. Take in the surroundings. Go on a walk and touch the flowers, look at the leaves moving in the wind, and take in the smell. How often do you really notice what’s going on around you?
Waiting at the busstop? Scrolling on social media. Waiting for your dentist appointment? Checking out pinterest. We are rarely conscious in the moment.
“Life is too short not to look up.”
Try instead being in the moment, noticing where you are and what is happening around you.
3. Appreciate The Little Things
You don’t need much to practice slow living, only a willing mindset. Start by noticing the little things around you.
Be present at what you’re doing. Focus on brewing your cup of coffee, without distracting yourself.
Appreciate the weather, the smell of fresh air, fresh laundry, new bedding. Those little things you take for granted.
Writing down your thoughts and ideas in a notebook is a great way to experience slow living. No electronics, no distractions, just grab a pen and paper and get going.
Meditating can bring your mind at ease. With just a couple minutes of meditating your day can be completely different. See it as a moment for yourself, to escape this fast-paced world.
6. Read a Book (or Two)
Like journalling, reading can give you a moment of peace. This evening, switch your television off and go for a book.
Reading calms the mind and is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Instead of scrolling through your phone in bed, try picking up a book.
Get yourself some green fingers. Spend some time outside, start growing your own vegetables or herbs, or plant your flower garden.
No garden? Focus on your indoor plants. Water them, watch them grow, try to propogate some of your houseplants, or grow some herbs in your kitchen.
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