Now that we’re spending more time at home, the slow living movement seems more relevant than ever. For a lot of us, the current situation has created a slower pace of life and a little more room to enjoy the smaller things. This is why we thought this would be a good time to give you a little guide on how to implement slow living into your life.
Make a ritual out of your morning routine
A lot of things we do daily we do on autopilot. When your alarm goes you probably jump out of bed and into the shower, quickly eat some breakfast and get to work. You can try to take a more conscious approach to your morning routine. For example, don’t grab your phone first thing in the morning, but have a nice long stretch before you get out of bed. Make your bed and when you shower, try to be aware of the water on your body instead of thinking about the day to come. This way, you start the day more consciously, which will also have the effect of making more conscious choices for the rest of the day.
Research shows that 50% of Dutch people look at a screen for at least 4 hours a day. 14% even look at a screen for more than 8 hours a day. This can lead to a lot of physical complaints like problems with your eyes, neck and back pain and poor sleep.
Not looking at a screen is also good for your mental health. By allowing yourself to have some time offline, you might notice new ideas popping up or feel the urge to start a new (or old)!) hobby.
Take a walk
Now that we’re spending so much time inside, it is becoming more obvious to us just how important it is to go outside. Walking is good for your health, both physically and mentally. Your blood pressure drops, your creativity gets a boost, your stress goes down and your sleep improves.
Walking also sends a signal to your brain that while you’re walking, you don’t have to do anything else. It’s an opportunity to breathe in fresh air and connect with nature. Try to be conscious of your surroundings when you walk. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you feel?
Let yourself be bored
We tend to always want to be productive: At work, but also in our personal lives. There’s often a constant stream of checking things off our to-do lists. Doing a load of wash. Cleaning your home. Doing your administration. Of course these are things that have to be done. But also allow yourself to be bored every once in a while. Just let yourself do nothing for a while and see what happens.