50 ways to live slow

50 ways to live slow | Guide by Rebecca Hawkes

As a business owner and freelance ethical designer, my work hours are mine to dictate and organise. There is no one to reprimand me and slap my wrists for getting distracted, refresh the pages of social media or get lost in the never ending infinity scroll of pinterest. To gain back my time, make an impact with my clients and see results, I have seen the benefits of slow living.

Doing one thing at a time, with intention. The opposite of having several tabs open and checking your phone with the television playing in the background (I can put my hand up with guilt on this). It is focussing on the task at hand, adding calm and meaning back to the activity.

Slow living may sound like the next buzz word (maybe after ‘hygge‘ has had its time), but no matter what you choose to call it, focussing on your actions can have great effects. Would you like a clearer mind (no worries about burning dinner while pressing post on a blog post), an appreciation of your spare time (yes to getting out the house for a walk instead of staring at a screen) and creating work that creates and impact without a burnt out creator? I think so!

To make it simple I have added 50 suggestions bellow. Some may resonate with you more than others, and you do not need to add every single activity in. Take is slow after all!

50 ways to embrace living slowly 

  • Eat seasonally by buying the fresh abundance at the local grocery store.
  • Wake up by your bodies natural rhythms
  • Meditate
  • Bake your own sourdough bread.
  • Take the stairs
  • Cycle to your local meetings
  • Grow your own food
  • Brew tea and coffee on the stove
  • Read paper books and magazines
  • Look out the window on train and bus journeys
  • Choose to travel on holiday without the aid of a plane and instead dream up other methods, walking, cycling or maybe even a tuk tuk.
  • Listen to live music
  • Swim without counting lanes
  • Exercise until you feel worn out rather than by watching the clock
  • Sit in silence
  • Talk to strangers and attend events where you need to talk
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Take a sketchbook to a local café and draw the people that come in.
  • Fantasize about the perfect day.
  • Sit outside cafés with a blanket over your lap (if cold) and watch the world go by.
  • Pick wild flowers and branches (where allowed and ethical) for your home
  • Pickle, preserve and ferment seasonal food ready for winter
  • Create your own tea blend
  • Make your own natural beauty products.
  • Subscribe to a magazine delivery service and make time to sit and read every time it arrives in your post box.
  • Burn incense.
  • Dance when the music inspires
  • Ditch social media for an hour, a day, a weekend etc.
  • Leave your phone at home or in your bag when meeting friends.
  • Learn to say no
  • Say no to multi-tasking and focus (link to minimal reading list)
  • Nap under the branches of a tree.
  • Handwrite a letter to a friend.
  • Take a day off
  • Have a picnic
  • Go to bed early and get up early. Choosing to watch the sunrise or sunset.
  • Turn the television off and don’t let it play the next episode.
  • Organise visual phone calls with dear friends you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Practice yoga
  • Have brunch with friends, where no-one has to rush off.
  • Clear anything out of your home that is not serving you.
  • Minimise your business and get clarity on your work (link to minimalist marketing)
  • Donate your time to an animal sanctuary
  • Plant trees (link to working with me)
  • Launch the idea that you have been dreaming of (link to failure to launch post)
  • Give back to your community (26 ways you can give back post)
  • Make time in your schedule for self care (link to Marthe interview)
  • Add more love to your work (link to my valentine’s post)
  • Travel somewhere new you have never been and take notice of how the world looks when it all looks brand new.
  • People watch. Out the window, at a café, on a park bench.
  • Breathe.

50 ways to live slow | Guide by Rebecca Hawkes