Slow living is a term I’ve heard a lot this year, and for good reason. It’s all about slowing down and living a more mindful life. As someone who is very much go-go-go, and on days where I don’t feel I did enough I tend to beat myself up about it, adding slow living into my life seemed like the perfect choice. If you’re new to slow living, or looking for ways to add it into your life, here are a few of the things I’m doing to add it into my life.
Since everything I do is pretty much online, from blogging, work, and college assignments, I don’t have that set time of the day when I’m working and when I’m not. Although I do tend to give myself a break during the day, I’ve started giving myself the evenings off away from work.
Once I finish posting on Instagram around 6ish, I’ve been giving myself some time to relax and not think about work. Then once I’ve eaten dinner with my family, I’ll finish any last minute things before completely putting work aside. I do still go on my phone to go on social media, but I don’t consider that work.
I have found that with the added work of the end of the semester of college, I have been rushing to get things done just for the sake of finishing them. I haven’t been spending too much time in the moment, and instead already thinking about the next thing I have to get done. This is still a work in progress, but I’ve made it my goal to focus 100% on whatever I am doing, be more in the moment with my work- whether that’s college or creative, and not rush. The work will all get done, and chances are it will be better since I have given it my complete focus.
I’ve always been good with not pulling out my phone when I’m with my family, but sometimes I find myself subconsciously checking my notifications to see if I have missed something. So I’ve started breaking this habit, and made it so the only time I can pull out my phone when with family is to either post on Instagram quickly, or to check the time. My phone and what is on it will be always be there, so there really is no need to constantly be attached to it, especially when I want to soak up every moment I have with the people I love.
And those are just a few of the ways I’m adding slow living into my life! Have you tried slow living? If so how have you added it into your life, and if you haven’t, is it something that interests you?
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!