In recent years, many philosophies of life have become known to improve our well-being. The trend “slow life” is one of these philosophies. Slow life is an idea that has more and more followers, but what exactly is it? History, definition and find your rhythm with our article!
Slow life: history
The concept of Slow Life comes from another movement, the slow food, created by Carlo Petrini in Italy in the 80s in reaction to the multiplication of fast food. First known as Arcigola before being renamed, the aim of slow food is to raise people’s awareness of the quality and taste of food and to promote locally produced ingredients and traditional cuisine. The movement has nearly tens of thousands of members in more than 80 countries and continues to grow. It is from the slow food movement that will be created later other philosophies of life including slow life. Today, we can say that slow food, like other movements such as slow money, has been incorporated into the slow living.
Slow life: definition
So slow life, what is it more precisely? In fact, it is simply a question of regaining control over your lifestyle and in particular your schedule. The goal is to live according to natural resources and refocus on the important things. In fact, this art of living is opposed to the rhythms of frantic lives often adopted today, being always in a hurry and systematically doing too much things at the same time. If slow life is not incompatible with the internet and smartphones, the goal is also to disconnect a little from the virtual world.
The philosophy of slow life is finally quite simple: take your time to do things well and especially enjoy the most possible the present time. There is no point in hurrying, doing everything (too) quickly and finally missing out on a lot of things.
- Slow down the pace (your life is not a high-speed train that goes from point A to point B, enjoy the trip)
- Return to the authentic values (the good taste of a homemade burger)
- Enjoy the essentials (the sun on your skin while walking)
- One thing at a time in full consciousness…
Slow Life: your rhythm
The first thing to say is that slow life does not mean doing less or doing nothing, it’s about doing differently.
It is important to redefine your priorities, to ask yourself all kinds of questions to know exactly what really matters to you.
If your brain remains in search of efficiency, show him that slow life is a method of optimizing tasks! To do one thing at a time, to live it fully, it is also relaxing.
It may take time to find your rhythm, find your balance between slowing down to enjoy the journey of your life and doing what you have to do.
Society tends to make us feel guilty when we are not busy doing 1000 things simultaneously. But do not hesitate to relativize, to stop feel guilty because going at your own pace is a real source of well-being and you deserve it.
For the rest, just focus on the things you care about and take your time. Try walking more or cycling rather than driving. Enjoy your friends and family. On rest days, completely disconnect and forget your emails.
On the other hand, if you are busy doing one thing, do not be distracted by anything else, stay focused. In fact, by focusing on one thing at a time, you could gain in productivity.
To immerse yourself in this philosophy of Slow Life, try to live simple things, but as intensively as possible. Do some gardening, try writing, give yourself time to discover some books or music.
In any case, enjoy the moment without feeling guilty. Remember, there is a gulf between slowing down and being slow or inactive. You do not have to be hooked on your computer and your smartphone running around to be productive, on the contrary it will exhaust you in short or middle term.
So just take your time and give a second wind to your life.
Happy Slow Life, dear Fuzzy !!!