Slow living sometimes feels impossible. You get home and you can hardly stop to think, let alone be slow. That feeling of rush and anxiety floating around you? I understand it.
But we both know that living slow will help us fight those anxious feelings. Allowing us to live lighter, happier and more content. But, how? How can we find the time?
Change your perception of time
The word Kairos is an ancient Greek word that is often referred to as “opportunity,” “season,” or “fitting time.” Carpe diem (seize the day) somewhat relates to Kairos. Meaning we should take full advantage of the opportunities given to us. Slow living relates to Kairos in the sense that we should use our time to live a slow, kind and bettering life. We don’t need clock time to do that. So here are my top kairos-efficient slow living hacks for living in the present.
1 Breathe Slow
Obvious and simple, I know. But, it’s essential to ease into the slow life. You don’t have to drop everything and change your entire lifestyle around all at once. That’s the opposite of living slow.
Do the exact same thing you usually do when you get home. But, tomorrow when you get home I want you to put all your physical things down. Breathe in and out, calm and slow, five times. That’s it.
Allow your body and mind to realise that right now you are relaxed and it’s time to wind down. If you work from home then schedule this for when you “finish” your work schedule.
2 Light a Candle
Instant hygge and relaxer. Lighting a candle transforms the room into a slowed down space in an instant. Go on and light a candle while you cook your dinner. It’ll make you feel fancy and more present and calm. I also love the light of a Salt Lamp. It oozes of slow living vibrations. Definitely look into Salt Lamps when you can.
3 Single Task
I know you’re busy. But multitasking can cause so much overwhelm that you crash due to stress. Multitasking can sabotage your efficiency and quality of life. Instead, take the time to do things one thing at a time. This will actually help you tackle your tasks with ease and much more efficiency. Rather than flood and distract you with loud simulations. You will be able to put forth your very best, high quality work when you practice the art of single tasking.
4 Simplify Cooking
If you’re busy then I recommend meal prepping. Meal prepping can actually be delicious and fresh as long as you do it the right way. I have a bunch of simple meal prep recipes here. They are all nutritious, keep well and are so scrumptious! Meal prepping can also help maintain weight. This is because you know exactly how much you’re eating and won’t go out on a whim and by take out.
I can’t stress enough the importance of simple food when you’re trying to live a slower lifestyle. If you don’t like meal prepping then use the meal prep recipes as normal cook-right-now recipes.
Nothing else goes hand in hand with Slow Living as effortlessly as Minimalism does. Now, bare with me. Minimalism doesn’t mean all white, no furniture and one futon for your family of five. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. Minimalism has so many different meanings. I discuss the types of minimalism in an upcoming blog post. So keep in eye out for that one.
Minimalism is what you make it.
There’s no such thing as not being minimalist enough. Despite the comments people receive. You can have bright colours, dark colours or no colour. It’s YOUR choice.
Dedicate time to cull your belongings. Ensure everything that surrounds you brings happiness, suits your home or provides simplicity.
You can follow a 30 day challenge. Give yourself the freedom to skip days. But usually once you start you can’t stop. It’s an amazing feeling to let go of things that held you back or dragged you down.
I love to use this playlist by Muchelleb. She’s an amazing YouTuber and covers many topics I cover here. She goes through guiding questions which is perfect for newbies. As the challenge goes on it gets easier and easier so hang in there.
Over to you. Have you reached your slow living goals? What makes you excited to start your journey?
Let me know in the comments below.
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