For many of us, daily life seems to have become a never-ending list of things to be done and tasks to be completed – get up early, make breakfast, pack a lunch, get the kids to school, reply to those emails and on and on. Life will always be busy but that doesn’t mean there’s no time to slow down. By settling into a gentler pace of life, we can find the time we need to live in the moment and increase our sense of wellbeing by simply relaxing a little.
So, what is slow living? For some it’s a lifestyle choice which affects every decision but for most of us, it is all about making small changes which help us to decelerate the pace of modern life. Essentially, living slowly means allowing yourself the time to enjoy all the little things and do everything as well as possible rather than as fast as possible.
It can be difficult to sink into this reflective, purposeful lifestyle but doing so promises to prioritise wellbeing over achievement – all too often we focus on ticking off a list of tasks accomplished rather than enjoying the experience.
Living slowly allows us to gain more time for the things that are most important to us. When we define what is most important to our own wellbeing, and say no to activities and behaviours which are not, our lifestyle becomes more enriching.
Living life at a gentler pace is often associated with the Danish phenomenon of hygge. Creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people is central to the Danish way of life and could be part of why they are so often named one of the world’s happiest countries.
Spending time together, curling up with a hot drink, baking your favourite sweet treat and enjoying an evening by candlelight are all particularly hygge and part of a slower lifestyle. Of course, another important part of slow living is slow food.
Source : calmmoment
Pictures from Nina Holst