Slow living: what it is and what habits this way of life arouses

Doing things at full speed and wanting to do as many tasks as possible, even being able to do several at the same time, is not always the best way to act and live, because it is not sustainable in the long run. term. high levels of stress can be very harmful to health.

The “slow living” movement consists of a philosophy of life, based on the way of living giving full attention to the present moment, concentrating the senses on what is being done or contemplated at this precise moment, trying so that you can take advantage of every moment and devote yourself to each task for the time it takes to do it correctly.

In this article we will see what the slow living movement consists of and what are the different ways to put it into practice on a daily basis.

    What is the “slow living” movement?

    The “slow living” movement emerged in the 1980s and it consists of a philosophy of life based on the way of life giving full attention to the present momentfocusing the senses on what is being done or contemplated at that precise moment, thus trying to enjoy every moment and devote to each task the time necessary to do it well.

    Also, this does not mean that following this movement is badly experienced or irresponsible, as it might seem because the word “slow” is often frowned upon and could be related to the terms “lazy” or even “lazy”.

    However, in this case, the movement of slow life does not have negative connotations, quite the contrary. In the times we live in, where things move very fast, people to adapt often feel that they have to rush through life, carrying more things at once than they really ask for. , stretching them I try everything I can until there comes a time when they reach their limit and their body asks them to stop to recover.

    Instead, the movement of slow life goes in the opposite direction of this “fast lane” in which many people live, without pauses and without dosing tasks. So those who follow slow living try to do little and really enjoy it (for example, there are ‘slow food’ restaurants, to eat calmly for 3 hours).

    This movement has been very successful thanks to various authors who have evoked the benefits of slow living, in the face of the chaotic, hurried and anxious lifestyle that must combine a good number of daily activities, thus appearing the slow lifestyle, where each thing is given its time and a time is reserved for each thing. So instead of doing several things at once, they do less, albeit little, but well done.

    The people who follow the slow living movement do not claim to be 100 people at the same time: nurse, super mom, paddle player, swimmer, hiker, among others, and by that we do not mean that we cannot have leisure, recover work and motherhood; however, it is sometimes difficult to lead different facets of life at the same time, so in some cases, it would be advisable to focus on the one you prefer, in terms of hobbiesor knowing how to dose and also knowing when it is necessary to rest because the body may not be able to withstand so much stress.

      Problems and difficulties it raises

      Many people find it difficult to follow the slow life bandwagon because they are subjected to an accelerated lifestyle, in which they experience a kind of autonomic hyperactivation, therefore they have certain risks of experiencing certain mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression. , among others, and this may be due to a real-time war that they constantly live in, fighting against the time we would like to have, and is that in addition there are moments that are too full and moments that are too empty.

      Today, in the midst of so much daily hustle and bustle, it’s hard for us to get into the mindset to live fully in the present, “when I eat, like, and like”, “when I sleep, sleep and sleeping alone”, “when I study, I study and I only study” and “when I work, I work and I only work”). But what is really happening these days is this : when I eat, I think I want to laugh with my friends; when I am with them, I think about the work I have to deliver; When I go to bed, I think about tomorrow’s chores and when I wake up, I think about the quality of my sleep.

      It is no coincidence that there is a high percentage of anxious people, because today the stress levels due to the fast pace of life of a large part of the population end up causing different types of emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression; This may be partly due to people suffering from stress they try to resist the pressure for a long time and do not ask for help until their body and mind ask them for a break.. Therefore, it would be important to implement certain measures in order to prevent the increase in stress levels.

      One way to prevent such mental health issues that could end up developing due to the daily hustle and bustle would be to reduce multitasking, so we don’t intend to cover 100 facets. In other words, instead of wanting to do 10 things at once, picking the half or ones that we can satisfactorily develop, picking the ones that we think will fulfill us and benefit us more in the long run, genuinely participate with our whole being to what we do. .

      We often associate progress with improvement, quantity and wealth, but quality should be tied to fewer activities that we enjoy and can get the most out of.

        How to follow the slow living movement?

        The slow living movement can be very beneficial for people who live very busy day to day lives and need to take a break from their lifestyle so that they don’t end up causing serious health problems. We do not mean by this that you have to be radical when practicing this movement, because there are many situations and many types of work that require agility and speed; yet we must know when to stop, when to dose and plan our daily life well so as not to pile things up and try to do several at the same time.

        There are also times when it may be a good idea to make a list of priorities and, if necessary, to put aside for a while certain things that are not essential (for example, if at some point I have more than work than usual, I have a partner and children with whom I want to enjoy my free time, I practice various sports and I am also learning to play the guitar, if I suffer from a high level of stress, it might be a good idea to get the priorities straight and not do so many sports once and set them aside for a while).

        Besides, the slow life movement can be applied to almost all areas of our lives: in food (slow food), in education, in sex, in leisure, in travel and even at work. On the other hand, the slow living movement also focuses on leading a sustainable lifestyle, trying to slow down the pace of consumption so that only what is essential or necessary is bought, uses the new technologies in a rational way and encourages purchases in local businesses.

        Therefore, following a slow life means living calmly, enjoying the good things and giving everything the attention it really deserves. It also promotes a healthy lifestyle, sustainability and caring for social relationships.

          Tips for a slow life

          As we have seen, there are times when it is not possible to practice slow living because our work requires us to be diligent at best. However, it can be started at certain times of the day, even if they are small, although it would be beneficial Allocate a percentage of time to implement it, even if it is small, and for this we can follow the following tips:

          • Try to be aware of the present moment and do things as slowly and as smoothly as possible.
          • During your free time, take outdoor getaways and enjoy nature.
          • Trying to devote enough time and calmly to our loved ones.
          • Practice mindfulness, yoga, meditation or take a few minutes a day to reflect calmly.
          • Decrease the time we spend in front of screens because they keep us hyperactive all the time.
          • Try to use technology only when it provides us with certain things (eg working, calling a loved one, etc.).
          • Set a time limit for social media, trying to disconnect from it as much as possible.
          • Avoid consumerism, get rid of what we don’t need and ask ourselves if we really need something before we buy it.
          • Practice “slow food,” eat calmly and savor every bite (similar to “mindful eating”).
          • Try to prepare our food, with fresh produce and a focus on cooking, without distractions.
          • Put our house and workplace in order so that we can lead a more orderly life.
          • Schedule daily tasks so that they don’t pile up and we can devote the necessary time to them.
          • Avoid multitasking.
          • Practice “slow tourism”, disconnecting from the mobile and trying to fully enjoy the landscapes and experiences.

          Bibliographic references

          • Alink, MA (2022). Live more slowly: simple ideas to eliminate excess and devote time to the essentials. Grand Rapids: Baker’s Books.
          • OnlineFlix, H. (2019). Slow Life: Live more consciously. Conesa: Diversa Ediciones.
          • Honoré, C. (2005). In praise of slowness: A global movement that challenges the cult of speed. Barcelona: RBA Books.
          • Kabat-Zinn, J. (2009). Everyday Mindfulness: Wherever you go, you are there. Barcelona: Paidos.
          • McAlary, B. (2017). Slow. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
          • Parkins, W. & Craig, G. (2006). Slow life. New York: Berg.

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