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Fast food. Fast Fashion. Fast Moving. FAST, FAST, FAST!
Are you out of breath yet? Do you always feel like you are running around?
Do weeks, months, and years go by so fast that you don’t notice them flying by?
Let’s slow down, shall we?
Let’s talk about slow.
What exactly is slow living? It’s a trend that promotes the idea of slowing down our daily activities in order to improve the quality and longevity of our lives. It’s the idea of living mindfully. Enjoying the present moment.
In an era where everything is always rushed and where the performance and productivity standards dictated by society are more demanding than ever, a lifestyle focused on balance, moderation and slowing down, is becoming increasingly important.
For a long time it was associated with wasting time and being inefficient, weak even lazy but behold, being slow is gradually proving its merits.
A pioneer in the slow trend, slow food was created in Italy, by Carlo Petrini in the mid-1980s. His goal was to fight against the negative effects of fast food by emphasizing the value of culinary traditions from all over, the art of cooking fresh food and the idea of getting together over a meal to converse.
The idea is not to completely stay away from this type of food, which can sometimes be very practical, but rather reduce the number of times we visit these places.
Taking the time to stop working and have lunch with colleagues, eating in real plates even when it’s take-out, having week-night family dinners again, going to the market to meet and support local farmers on the weekend... These are just a few simple ways to incorporate the idea of slow food in your daily life.
Far from wanting to minimize the involvement of parents, this concept is rather geared towards reducing the number of activities on the calendar. Between school, extracurricular activities, sports and field trips we often unintentionally, and despite our best intentions, impose a hectic lifestyle on our kids. The result? The whole family’s level of stress and anxiety increases.
Setting aside some free time with no planned activities is a simple way to keep this tendency at bay. Allowing kids to play freely is a way for them to develop their creativity, resourcefulness and interests at a comfortable pace.
Give them a variety of things to play with such as craft materials or even wooden blocks, and they will surely find a way to have fun.
To combat overconsumption, we increasingly opt for minimalist decor, inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle.
We focus more on buying carefully-selected sustainable furniture and items. We transform and restore pieces from other places and eras. We go for natural pieces and materials. We add many plants to jazz up our living spaces.
We only keep the essential things that are dear to us. Time for cleaning!
There are many other concepts, than those mentioned in this article, such as slow tourism, slow finances, and slow working, which encourage this global trend to continue to evolve and grow in all aspects of our lives.
In the end, adopting the concept of slow living means making small choices to change our habits and increase our well-being. Voluntarily disconnecting from electronic devices for a few hours a day, changing loud ringtones to softer ones, swapping the car for public transport so you can read or knit stress-free on the road are all easy and cheap ways that can make a big difference in our daily lives.
So, what do you plan on doing to slow down?