A long to-do list and not enough hours in the day? Don’t panic. All you need is to reduce your speed.
Life often feels like one big race. You rush to work, rush to organise the kids, rush to meet a friend and rush off again- the pressure never stops. Living like this is harmful in the long run. So what’s the solution? While it may be tempting to cram even more into your day to get everything done, this isn’t the way to go. Instead, embrace ‘slow living’ – where you say goodbye to being busy all the time and instead live at a gentler pace.
Here’s how going slow can transform every area of your life:
Believe it or not, exercising slowly can make you feel more energised than going for the burn with a highimpact workout. Moving slowly and breathing deeply increases oxygen levels in the body, which boosts energy levels and lowers stress hormones.
Try: Walking nowhere. Going out for a walk and soaking up the great outdoors is one of the best ways to appreciate living slowly. But forget dashing around from place to place. Walk in your own time and with no particular purpose.
Whether you amble through the side streets of your local town or take a wander around a leafy park, make sure you stop every so often to enjoy the view.
Living in a slow home doesn’t mean you have to get up at sunrise to make your own organic bread or hand grind coffee beans. Instead, it’s about creating a calm oasis to live and rest.
Try: Mindful washing up. Be completely present when you do housework. For example, when you are washing up, notice the rainbows on every bubble, the warm, scented water and the clean, shiny dishes. At the end, notice and savour the feeling of satisfaction at a job well done.
Weekends and evenings can zip past in a blur, so it can be hard to find time for slow moments with family and friends. To combat this, put aside specific times for slow activities that everyone will enjoy.
Try: Book club. Not everyone likes to read but listening to someone reading aloud can be enjoyed by all ages. Reading will not only encourage imaginative thinking, but it’s a great way to get the whole family talking.
Eat more slowly sounds like the sort of thing a mother might suggest, while trying to stop a child wolfing down their food. However, there are some proven major health benefits of taking time to chew food, including weight loss, better digestion and lower stress levels.
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