What is slow living and what is the concept all about?

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If you have heard about slow living before, it has become a lifestyle and gained significant attention to some community. But what is the concept all about?

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.

If you’re looking for a way to take a step back from the daily hustle and hectic life, this lifestyle approach might be suitable for you.

As technology and development accelerates, so does the speed of our life. Imagine a business execution might take a couple of days during the last generation, but with the current technology, every action seems so instant. This has cultivated a culture of daily hustle, grind and need to keep up with the speed of others. Everyone wants to be faster than the other person. This ‘hustle culture’ could have contributed to burnouts and stress.

Hence, the concept of slow living lifestyle is introduced – to slow down our life and appreciates the details.

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“It’s quality over quantity. It’s doing things with presence, being in the moment. Ultimately, it’s about doing everything as well as possible instead of as fast as possible,” says Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed.

What is Slow Living?

Slow living is an approach to everyday life that goes from what you eat, how you work to how you plan your vacation. It’s a set of values that says faster isn’t always better, and there is a choice.

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. 

Slow living is about doing things at the right speed. So, understanding that, sure, there are times to go fast and be busy—but there are other times when it pays to put the brakes on and slow down.

Honoré

“I think in our fast-forward culture, where the taboo against slowness runs so deep, we just assume that the only way to slow down is for everything to become incredibly slow motion, which would be absurd,” says Honoré.

What is the important feature of slow living?

Slow living is about creating opportunities to disconnect, slow down, and be more present. “It’s knowing when to go on and use that incredible thrilling speed of technology—and then knowing when enough is enough and to stop scrolling through Instagram or stop surfing the net while watching Netflix or just simply stop being in front of a screen,” says Honoré.

The other feature of slow living is letting go the fear of missing out and instead of trying to do every single thing, focusing on the things that matter. It’s about learning how to politely say no, and spending your time doing what you’re passionate about.

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Why is slow living worth your time?

So many of us have experienced the consequences of a fast-paced, hustling lifestyles that we risk losing many important things. Have you heard of some of our friends that got ill or suffering from depression due to over-working? Or a person regretting for not spending enough time with their closed ones? Or how someone did not enjoy a quality life when they have the energy to do so?

“We are bumping up against the limits now of how much speed the human mind, body, and spirit can take, and I think we’re paying a price across our lives to this ‘go fast’ or ‘do everything at once’ attitude,” says Honoré.

The slow living movement allows us to actually living our lives instead of racing through it.

Similar to the German idea of gemütlichkeit and the Dutch gezelligheidhygge is all about wellbeing and embracing Danish culture is a simple step towards embracing slow living.

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