10 Ways To Embrace A Slow Living Lifestyle

 

It’s been so hard in these last years to adopt a slow living lifestyle. We try as much as possible to save time to fill in our calendar to do more things. But we don’t enjoy the present moment. It’s when we are at the limit of what our bodies and our minds are capable of that we say to ourselves to absolutely slow down. And sometimes it’s too late. 

So, today, I want to give you some tips that I’ve implemented in my life to live a more slow living lifestyle. To live more intentionally and find a balance between all of my activities. 

So let’s dive into the subject.

Why is it important to adopt a slow living lifestyle? 

We know this better than anything else; it’s so easy to continue to live like crazy without questioning if our lives are what we want. We lose sight of our purpose, mission, and goals in life. We wake up one morning, realizing that an entire month passed by without really enjoying it. It could be one month, or it could be so much more. 

I think about people who wake up too late and have a lot of regrets, mostly because they didn’t enjoy the present moment with their families, loved ones, and themselves. 

I don’t want to have regrets in my life. Or as little as possible anyway. 

Slowing down is also checking with yourself that the life you’re living is really what you want. Of course, it’s to be aligned with your beliefs and values. 

What is important with slow living is to take time for yourself but also to know how to occupy yourself during this available time. It’s how to prioritize your life, the activities that bring you joy. 

I see slow living as awareness about our actions, about what we want in our lives. It’s not a lifestyle that is great for everyone. Some people want to live a fast life, but I think that it’s important to slow down sometimes for all the reasons I gave above. 

Living a fast life is not what I want anymore. 

I realized a few years ago that I was on autopilot for several years without questioning what I wanted my life to look like. I built my career without asking myself if it was the right path. Then, my mind let me down, and I decided to quit my job because it wasn’t aligned with what I wanted at that time. 

I took another job that gave me the opportunity to have more time with myself and the activities I wanted to do. Just enjoying the little moments. 

But sometimes, it’s difficult not to get back in the rat race. We go back in a life rhythm that doesn’t correspond to us. 

So, when it’s the case, here is what I do daily to slow down. 



1- Turn off your notifications (or even delete your social media apps)

It’s too easy now to just take your phone when you have 5 or even 20 minutes ahead. It’s too easy to be distracted by a notification when you’re doing something (important or not) or when you’re with someone. 

To be on your phone all the time is also a way to fill in the void. You don’t know what to do so you take your phone and you take a break. 

I don’t say that it’s wrong, but when you see the number of hours you spend every day on your phone, it’s crazy. You say that you have no time but let’s see the time you spend on your phone! 

And in the end, you realized you spent 10 minutes just for nothing, that brought you nothing good for your life. 

So to avoid this kind of temptation, I deleted all of my notifications on my phone. And if I’m on my phone, it’s because I’ve decided to be on it, and I’ve decided to scroll Instagram. 

It’s not a notification that reminds me to check my phone. 

A few years ago, I did a digital detox for one month. I realized that I gained so much time, energy, and focus by deleting the notifications and the social media apps. I was so much more present for my loved ones, for myself. I enjoyed time with my family, and I didn’t have the FOMO (fear of missing out). I feel so good in the present moment that I’ve decided to continue. So I don’t have notifications anymore. No email notifications, no social media notifications, no phone call notifications either!  

It’s crazy all the things you do mindlessly, like checking your emails or watching profiles on social media that don’t even interest you. 

So please, think about it!

2- Learn to enjoy boredom

It’s great to be bored, be with yourself, and find time to think about yourself. 

For some people, it’s difficult to be with themselves, to have nothing planned for the day. 

Being with yourself could be difficult because it’s during these times that you think about things you don’t want to think about. 

But this time is so precious! It allows you to reconnect with yourself, to understand what’s going on in your head, to understand what you truly want in your life. 

Please enjoy this boredom! 

Enjoying boredom could be in many ways: walking in the park, sitting on a bench, and watching people around. Or it could be opening your journal and writing everything that comes to mind. Or even just sitting on your couch and thinking about what you want to do. 

When I’m walking in the park, I love to sit and just watch people. It’s a kind of meditation. Actually, I feel weird because, as an introvert, I feel like I’m exposed to the world. But it’s in these moments that I reconnect with myself, find answers to my questions, and have a clear mind to make decisions. So even if it’s something difficult to do, really go ahead!

 

3-  Taking a little bit of extra time in the morning

I love this one so much! 

It’s something I like to do every morning! I hate being hurry; I need time for myself, even if I have to sacrifice a little bit of my sleep. So I like to take 10 minutes and be in silence, drink my tea, and be with my cat. I like to think about my day and what I want to do or not to do. It’s these 10 minutes that allow me to slow down every morning before my day really begins. 

You can do everything that you want during this time. It’s up to you. You can do like me: sit down on your couch, drink your tea or your coffee and think about what you want to accomplish. But it also can be a little bit of exercise. Everyone has a proper idea of what is good to do during these extra 10 minutes. It could be less; it could be more.  

I’m not a fan of doing everything during your morning routine. You can’t do it all: reading, journaling, working out, having breakfast, and being ready. Actually, it’s more than extra time. I tried to do this a few years ago, and it felt overwhelming… If you want to do all of these activities, you need to sacrifice your sleep, and I don’t recommend doing it. I like to do all these things but at different times of the day. 

What about you? What would you do during this extra time? 

 

4- Learning to do less

It’s a tough one because, in the world in which we live right now, it’s always about productivity. Always doing more, having more. We want to be present everywhere: on socials, with our loved ones, having a side hustle, being productive in our 9 to 5 jobs, and not resting enough. 

When you welcome the slow living lifestyle, you realize what’s important and the things that don’t worth the time and the energy. 

It’s been a month that I’ve tried as much as possible not to be extra productive during my rest days. I try as much as possible to do things I love to do and not pretend to be productive 24/7. It was hard at the beginning because I always had something in my mind, and I didn’t enjoy the present moment. 

Now, if I want to watch a TV show for hours, I watch a TV show for hours.  

I also reduce the number of items on my to-do list. I did things that weren’t absolutely necessary, and I put myself under pressure to do these things. Now I have 3 things on my to-do list per day. Mostly 2 important things to achieve and another one easier to achieve. And if I finish all the tasks before the end of the day, great! I don’t put another thing to do after that; I will enjoy my day. 

It’s also important to delegate. If you’re not living alone, you don’t have to have all the weight of chores on your back. You may have lowered your expectations, but at least things would be done. 

 

5- Learning to say no

You want to do it all, experience everything, and be everywhere. So you say yes to everything without checking with yourself if it’s something you want. You want to please everyone. You want to outperform at work. You have the fear of missing out (FOMO). 

You put people’s wishes ahead of your own. 

Over the years, I learn to say no. I learn to put myself first. It may seem selfish, but nobody will better take care of you than yourself. If you’re at the top with yourself, you will be at the top for others. So you need to take care of yourself before taking care of others. 

So, when I needed to take care of myself and colleagues asked me to come for an after-work, I said no. When our parents wanted to see us with my boyfriend, but we didn’t see each other for a week, we said no. We listened to our body and our soul before answering. 

“No” could also be a good answer for a promotion. I said no to a promotion when I was in my corporate job. I didn’t want to have the same job as my former manager. I didn’t want to work a lot more than what I already did, even for better pay. Best decision I made! 

There are many examples in which “no” is a really good option. It’s hard in the beginning, and in the end, you rarely regret it. 



 

6- Practice gratitude

Practice gratitude helps you to appreciate what you already have. In my minimalism journey, I develop gratitude toward things I already own. I was someone who wanted more. More clothes, more space. But I realized I was lucky with all I had. 

You don’t have to practice gratitude in your journal. You can do it when you’re in your shower or when you walk. 

For my part, I like to sit on my couch and realize that I’m happy with what I have. And it’s even better with my cat on my knees! So even if I have big goals and I want to reach them, that’s not why I don’t appreciate what I already have. 

If you want to start practicing gratitude, take a piece of paper and, for one week, write down 3 things you’re grateful for. It could be a good meal you enjoy with your loved ones. It could be a walk in nature… Sometimes I put some things that seem futile, but these things make me happy. So don’t be afraid to write down those things too. Nobody will read it!

 

7- Prioritize your mental health

If you have a busy week right now. If you don’t have a lot of time for everything that you want to achieve. If you’re in this kind of rut where everything seems complicated, what kind of activities could enhance your mental health? 

Perhaps it’s to lay down on the couch watching Netflix. Or maybe you need to declutter and clean up around you to feel better. 

Sometimes it’s not the easiest thing to do that will help you feel better. For example, some nights, I feel better when my home is tidy, when the dishes are done and when I’m not overwhelmed by the chaos around me. 

What can you do right now to feel better? 

 

8- Check-in your needs

It’s when we learn to slow down that we are more careful about our needs, about what we want to do, to see…

Perhaps you need to take a nap or rest. Perhaps you need to go out of your routine and see something else. Perhaps your body needs sports. So take your journal and write down everything you want or need right now. 

Take your time to ask yourself the right questions according to your needs. Indeed, sometimes, when you’re in a rush, you have the feeling that you need to go out, see some friends whereas what you need is to do some sports, have a healthy meal and have a good sleep night. 

 

9- A no-to-do list

I love my no-to-do list! Oddly, it’s this list that helps me to be productive! 

When I write down my to-do list during my morning routine, I also write down my no-to-do list. There are 3 important things to achieve on my to-do list during the day. And on my no-to-do list, there are all the things I don’t want to do, like scrolling on social media for no reason, not eating healthy… But, of course, it could also be not enjoying the present moment. 

Creating a no-to-do list helps me be productive when I need to be productive. It also allows me to create a life on my own by not spending my time consuming news or other life content.  

It’s complicated in this world to create a life without checking what others do. We compare ourselves every time, and we want to know what others do to copy them or “find the inspiration.” That’s why we spend so much time scrolling or watching vlogs or Youtube videos. We don’t take the time to ask ourselves how we want to live our lives and how we want to do things. 

 

10- Meal planning

The last point is meal planning and meal prepping. 

And I think you ask yourself how it helps me to slow down. 

When I go home at night, I don’t ask myself what we will eat because everything is ready. I spend 2 hours every Sunday prepping almost every meal of the week. What a relief when I spend a complicated day and go home, and everything is ready, and we only need to warm up the food. It simplifies my life a lot. 

I don’t want to go home late, ask myself what I want to eat, spend 20 minutes cooking, and finally eat at 9 pm. 

Meal planning helps me slow down, but it also helps me save money and time. It’s a win-win!

 

I hope this blog post helps you find ways to adopt a slow living lifestyle. Tell me in the comments if you have any other tips to slow down your life.  

See you, 

Anna