Living a Slower and More Sustainable Life

What is slow living?

Slow living is “a mindset whereby you curate a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle that’s in line with what you value most in life.”

We live in a fast-paced environment where we demand and are used to, receiving things at the snap of a finger. Instead of constantly seeking this instant gratification, you intentionally do things and engage in activities that are slow when it comes to the end result or reward. Sometimes these things are more rewarding because of the time it took to get there or the time it took to achieve it.

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“In the environmental sphere, this means replacing the idea that “you don’t have time”, with “living with intent” by planning ahead to be able to consume in a more sustainable way.”

(slow living LDN, 2019)

How do I shift my mindset?

To adapt to a slow-movement mindset, you need to shift your focus. Instead of doing things quickly and with speed, you rather prioritize doing things efficiently. You value quality work over the speed at which it’s done. Adapting a slow living mindset is a simple, and easy way to start living more sustainably.

How is it sustainable?

By choosing to adopt a slow living mindset – you are choosing to live a more conscious and sustainable life. Because you are trying to slow down (even if it’s only for a few minutes a day) you are teaching yourself to think and reflect on the choices you make. You are actively choosing to make more conscious decisions instead of just consuming without thinking about what it is that you’re consuming.

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How can I start practicing the slow living movement?

One example to help you practice adapting to the slow living movement can be when it comes to the clothing purchases you make. Before you make a purchase, you can reflect on the impact that fast fashion has on the environment. You then choose to do your part by consciously and intentionally buying from clothing brands that are more sustainable.

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Article was written by: Cassidy Johnston