We live in a society that worships and rewards busyness. Busyness is somehow associated with success. However, everybody’s definition of success is different. Well, at least it should be. For me, slow living is an integral part of my version of success.
Slow living is a lifestyle approach that suggests slowing down everyday life for a longer and better quality of life. Intentionally slowing down doesn’t mean you’re lazy — it merely means carefully choosing to simplify your life. In this blog post, I would like to share with you how I practice slow living.
Setting clear boundaries
Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships and a happy life. Setting boundaries and preserving boundaries is a skill that most of us, unfortunately, learn later in life or don’t learn at all. Having boundaries is all about knowing your limits and sticking to them. It takes courage and practice, but it does get easier over time. For me, setting boundaries includes being comfortable with saying No, being mindful about how I use technology, making self-care a priority, and protecting my time, and space.
Doing what I love
My goal has always been to create a life that I love, doing what I love, at my own pace. That way, I can carefully structure my days to fit my slow pace lifestyle. Now I’m not suggesting that you have to quit your job if you want to adopt the lifestyle, but be productive at work, so you have time to do what you love in your spare time.
I try to practice gratitude as often as possible by listing three things that I’m grateful for daily in my journal. Being grateful undoubtedly has a positive mental and emotional effect. Gratitude allows you to appreciate what have and prevents you from thinking about what you don’t have.
Having a morning routine
Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. The morning signifies a fresh start and a brand new day. It’s important for me to start my day with confidence, peace, and a positive attitude. I wake up early so that I can spend some time alone before the rest of the family wakes up.
Meditation, journaling and praying are part of my morning routine. I use this time to clear my mind and reconnect with myself. A few minutes of intentional quiet time has been proven to boost resilience and emotional wellbeing.
This is how I practice slow living, and it is clear that it meaningfully improves the quality of life. The beauty of it all is that you can instantly start by making minor adjustments and gradually build on that. Comment below by letting me know whether this is a lifestyle you would consider adopting.
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