How to slow down: 4 essential steps for living slower

Slow living isn’t a ‘someday’ mindset, it’s a way of thinking that gives you permission to start living, as much as feasibly possible, how you want to live. Photo: Pexels

(Slow Living LDN) — You may be here because you’ve googled ‘how to slow down’, or you’re looking for where to start when embracing a slow living lifestyle. Chances are you’ve already come across plenty of articles offering lists of things to do to help you slow down and simplify, from mindfulness practices to getting out into nature.

But for us, many of these guides are centred around what we like to call ‘everyday deceleration’ and miss a very important first step in slowing down and creating lasting change. They overlook the ‘why’. That’s your reason for slowing down, and usually it’s the realisation that you’re not prioritising what’s most important to you in life.

To us, slow living a mindset whereby you curate a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle that’s in line with what you value most in life. It’s the opposite to overwhelm and burnout. Slowing down is about living better, rather than faster, by intentionally placing what’s important to you at the heart of your lifestyle, living mindfully in self-awareness and making conscious, considered decisions for the benefit of your own well-being, and that of the environment. Slow living is about dedicating the right amount of time to the things that matter most to us. (…)