What is Slow Living?
“I think of slow [living] as more of a mindset than anything else,” says Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed. “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.”
Routine vs Rituals
Routine is focused on finishing the task while Rituals demand attention to the process involved.
Picture this. Drinking coffee or tea is a habit for most people. To prepare tea, there is a process, a series of steps one must execute. Let’s compare:
Preparing tea simply because you want a drink (routine) versus:
Preparing tea but focusing on each step and taking such care so the result is rewarding (ritual)
Simply put, the main difference of a routine and a ritual is what’s behind them — intentions, but why compare? Slow Living is a lifestyle that is focused more on getting the day done and being productive but with a clear purpose of accomplishing the tasks not because they needed to be done but because the process of doing them should be executed in the best way possible.
Here I will share with you my daily rituals, ones that I have been practicing personally. This does not mean that to shift to Slow Living you must follow exactly what I do, but this is simply to give you an idea of how I do it. You can change some of these to suit your personal preference.
My Daily Rituals
Soon as I wake up, I do check my phone but limit it to 15 minutes.
Let’s face it. We all do this and to those who always seem to get this right by not checking their phone first thing in the morning, wow I salute them. For me, yes I do grab my phone first thing in the morning but not to look at social media because for one thing, I don’t have a Facebook account since 5 years ago and my Instagram consists of 20 followers so yea.
I grab my phone because I like to read emails, I like checking up on things like online orders and stuff like that. Also, I use this time to just, take in the moment, that I just woke up. After 15 minutes, I curl again beneath the sheets and close my eyes for another 15 minutes before I rise. Sweet.
I stretch for a bit and exercise a bit more.
I don’t do yoga, or meditation or anything like that, I just do simple stretches, a few jumping jacks, and a few more squats. I like to feel that my muscles and bones are moving in such a way that it is not too much that will bring exhaustion for me. My take on fitness is this, do what you do, do what you think is good for you both physically and mentally. Don’t copy what others do, they are not you!
I eat breakfast away from my phone.
After a simple workout that doesn’t involve any sweating because I hate sweating first thing in the morning, I then prepare breakfast which consists of loaf bread and coffee.
I don’t have a proper dining table I only have one and it’s basically where my laptop is set up. The table is placed near the window because I like eating where I can look outside, hear voices down the street, car engines, and things like that. I like hearing the city noise in the morning as I savor the aroma of my coffee and mindfully eat my raisin-infused loaf bread.
However because my laptop sits beside my breakfast, I will admit I am always tempted to open it and surf the internet as I drink my coffee but my partner and I have established a rule where breakfast is time for us to enjoy each other, talk, discuss things, have a rewind of the plans for the day, things like that, no phone, no anything, just us talking with the city noise outside.
Household chores take hours
After talking for some time at breakfast, this is what we do next, cleaning. First I meticulously make the bed and make sure I have dusted off every fallen hair out, we don’t have a hoover by the way. After that, it’s time to sweep the floor carefully so we get most of the dust particles, hair and garment fibers using a handmade grass broom, that’s typical here in the Philippines.
Then it’s time to wipe the floor with bleach-infused water. We don’t have a mop. Basically, we do it manually with a nice absorbent cloth. I like to take my time during cleaning because I want things done in the right and best way. It doesn’t matter to me even if it takes two-three hours to finish or longer sometimes when I feel like dusting and wiping more.
Shower and then check my blog
After all the cleaning the next thing that I do is take a bath. During shower, this is when I squeeze in some time to clean the toilet because it needs bleaching every day!
After shower, we give ourselves some time to rest, open the laptop, check the phone, check for new emails, and reply to messages that need replying. This is when I check up on my blog and reply to you guys, to those that have commented on my post, also I set aside this time to read blogs from fellow bloggers too!
Prepare and eat lunch, and then go to work
Preparing lunch is usually assigned to my partner as once I am engrossed with my blog, it would take hours before I finally sign out.
After lunch and cleaning the dishes, we set to work. You might be wondering, how do we handle the dreaded afternoon slump? Simple. We take a break, we eat a snack, or if it’s too much we take a nap. There is no forcing going on, except when we have a deadline to meet. Usually, we work until 2 am, if you’re curious.
How is your day to day lifestyle? Does shifting to slow living sounds good?
For me, slow living helps keep my anxiety at bay. Thoughts regarding the past or future get drowned in the overwhelming appreciation and awareness of the present. I’m not perfect, I can’t do it all the time, but it helps. It really does.
Nevertheless, to the best I can, I don’t use the Slow-Living-Excuse so I can binge-watch all day or just lay in bed all day without even taking out my trash, washing the dishes or brush my teeth.
I will no go into persuading you by any means to change your lifestyle. This is what I always say, do what you do but I cannot end this post without letting you know this:
There is a sense of peace and calm if you’re moving around in such a way that you’re appreciating every task, the details in your environment, observing your current thoughts, your current emotions, your physical state and making interaction with the present, the ongoing moment, the now.
There is a sense of peace and calm if you’re moving around in such a way that you’re appreciating every task, the details in your environment, observing your current thoughts, your current emotions, your physical state and making interaction with the present, the ongoing moment, the now.Tweet
Stay safe everyone. Lovelots.
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