This year I really want to focus on slow living. I want to live a rich, fulfilling, blissfull life. A life aligned with my values and beliefs. A life that gives me a deep sense of fulfillment. I no longer want to live life in the fast lane. I no longer want a schedule that is fully booked. I want to make sure I have plenty of white space. I’m an introvert, and I need white space in my calendar. I don’t have plans to work less this year. I truly love my work, and I have no desire to work less. I’m simply creating more white space in my calendar, I’m living life at a slower pace.
Slow Living LDN describes slow living like this on their website:
Slow living is a mindset whereby you curate a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle that’s in line with what you value most in life.
It means doing everything at the right speed. Instead of striving to do things faster, the slow movement focuses on doing things better. Often, that means slowing down, doing less, and prioritising spending the right amount of time on the things that matter most to you.
I don’t know about you but I love this definition. I want a meaningful lifestyle, I want to do less and prioritize my time.
10 fulfilling ways I’m practicing slow living in 2022
Brace yourself! I have taken on knitting this year. I’m currently knitting a hat. My mom has always been knitting (she is incredible!), and in December my sister and cousin started knitting as well, and it looked so cozy and relaxing that I wanted to learn it too. Knitting, to me, embraces slow living beautifully.
Instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to practice yoga, I’ve started going on walks during the day instead. I still practice yoga, but I no longer practice Ashtanga yoga. I practice yin yoga, strala yoga and just moving in an intuitive way. This to me feels much better. I am more calm. My life is richer. I am happier. I am more well rested.
Rest & Sleep
When I practiced Ashtanga I was seriously sleep deprived. I would rely heavly on coffee to just get through the day. I was probably drinking 4-5 HUGE cups of coffee every. single. day. But I was also only sleeping 5-6 hours every night. Now, I’m prioritizing sleep and rest, and I cannot tell you how good it feels.
To me slow living is also getting enough sleep and rest and having coffee because it tastes amazing, not because I can’t get through the day without it.
White space in my calendar
As mentioned above this year I’m making sure I have plenty of white space in my calendar. I want to have plenty of time to knit, read books, go for walks, have quality time with my friends and family, write… To live my life.
Not saying yes when I want to say no
For years I have said yes to things I really wanted to say no to. Let me tell you this: saying yes when you want to say no ends up with you feeling utterly depleted. It does not feel good. At all.
More time in nature
I love nature. So much. Over Christmas I “reconnected” with nature, and it feel sooo good. I cannot even begin to tell you how much nature inspires me and fills me up. Nature is amazing. Mother Earth never seize to amaze me. The healing powers of nature are fantastic.
Journaling is such a healing practice for me. It’s a way for me to tune into myself. To reconnect to myself. Writing has always been my outlet.
Less social media
I think spending less time on social media is so important for slow living. I’ve completely deleted Instagram from my phone, and it is incredible! I do not miss it at all. Not even a little bit. I love Pinterest though, but I don’t feel a need to scroll through Pinterest several times a day. Instagram, for me personally, was just a time thief, and I also logged off feeling worse than I did when logging on.
I’ve always been a reader. I love bookstores and reading from cafés. It makes me so happy. So this year I plan to read one book every month. This month I’m reading Intuitive Eating.
While I’m still a coffee lover, and I love one or two cups a day, I’ve found a new love for tea. It’s so cozy and relaxing. Tea somehow calms me down. I can’t really explain it. There’s just something about tea, you know?