Whether 2020 has had you juggling working from home and childcare, or you’ve had more free time on your hands in lockdown and beyond, many of us are striving to lead a slower lifestyle and make time to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. But what exactly is slow living? And how can we get started?
A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that almost three-quarters of us have felt so stressed in the past year that they have been overwhelmed.
This is perhaps to be expected; research has repeatedly shown that we are working longer hours than ever, with technology blurring the boundaries between working hours and leisure time.
But the feeling of being rushed off your feet or spinning different plates constantly is not an inevitable fact of life. There is a growing movement of individuals and communities striving to cultivate a slower, more mindful lifestyle, in which wellbeing is prioritized and gratitude practiced frequently – known as the slow living movement.
Slow living, at its core, is about rejecting chaos and materialism in order to complete activities at a leisurely pace, with a relaxed mindset.
‘Slow’ is, for some, taken as an acronym as well as an adjective, standing for sustainable, local, organic and wholesome.