7 Rules On How To Embrace the Slow Life And Enjoy It More
The ironic thing about the modern life we all live is that even though technology is meant to help us save time by automating tedious tasks, it seems that our lives are more hectic and disorganized than ever.
This issue is even bigger when you have to divide your time between family and work. We need to remember how to embrace the slow life, and enjoy the little things life has to offer more. Slowing down your life is a conscious decision you have to make, even though it may not be easy at first.
How to embrace the slow life
One of the main reasons why our lives are so hectic is because we want to do too many things when we have so little time. One way to avoid this is to focus on what’s really important, and let go of the rest.
2. Be present.
In other words, it’s important to practice mindfulness for every activity that you’re involved in. If you’re working on a project, then disconnect yourself from everything else that might distract you, and focus only on that. If you’re playing with the kids, then don’t use your phone or your laptop to answer emails during that time.
3. Disconnect yourself.
Being constantly connected to your smartphone or to your laptop is not good for you. Instead of hopping into bed at night with your laptop or phone trying to catch up with the latest news and check your email once again, start reading a book. It will make you feel more relaxed, and it will also help you get a good night’s sleep.
4. Connect with people.
If you want to embrace the slow life, you need to truly connect with the people you’re spending time with. Most of the time, even though we spend time with our families or friends, we’re still distracted by other things, such as our phones that keep buzzing, or even by our own thoughts. Being truly connected to the person next to you requires for you to make a conscious effort in this regard.
5. Spend time in nature.
It’s perfectly fine if the only kind of nature you have in your area is the park or a lake. The thing is we spend too much time in front of our computers, being stuck between four walls, whether it’s at home or at the office.
When possible, try to enjoy nature as much as you can by taking deep breaths of fresh air, looking at the sky, lying on the grass. The point is to get involved in as many outdoor activities as possible, such as hiking, swimming, or running.
Meditation takes commitment and practice, but if you manage to meditate even for a few minutes, it will change your day completely. Meditation is known for relaxing the mind and for helping people concentrate better at the tasks they have to accomplish.
7. Appreciate every moment.
Even though I already mentioned being present, this takes it one step further. You need to appreciate every little moment that life has to offer. Appreciate every night that you get to spend having dinner with your partner, every moment you spend reading a book to your kids, and the examples can go on.
Live a slow, enjoyable life
It takes a little bit of practice to apply these seven rules that are going to help you embrace the slow life, but in the end it’s all going to be worth it. It’s also all about balancing the personal and the professional life, so that both sides get the desired attention.
Do you have a hectic life? And what do you do to slow down? Let me know in the comment section below.