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Slow Living: How I Want to Live a Slower Life

“Stop rushing. Slow down and enjoy the beauty of life.”

– Debasish Mridha

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Nowadays, in the wellness community, we hear a lot about mindfulness and living in the present. We hear of concepts that promotes living a more fulfilling and slow life, but what exactly does that mean?

What is slow living?

The slow living movement is an idea that because we are so rushed in every day life, we just need to slow down and smell the flowers. Now, as a college student, that’s fairly difficult. With classes, studying, and extracurricular activities, it’s fairly difficult to slow down our lives.

Why should I participate in slow living?

There are many benefits for slow living and mindfulness and I honestly believe that mindfulness is the biggest benefit for “living life in the slow lane.” Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the present moment, not worrying about the past or the future.

Some other benefits include saving money, being more productive, and making better decisions.

What are some ways to start living slowly?

Gratitude

I don’t care how you choose to express gratitude and doing so can involve praying, writing down what you’re thankful for, actually talking to people and saying thank you to them, taking care of your items, etc.. The benefits of expressing gratitude can help you live a better life. Brené Brown, in her Netflix special, says that gratitude is the key to joy. If you want to be joyful, express gratitude.

Meditate and/or pray

This is my key to slow living. This is the best way for me to stay in the present moment and enjoy life to the fullest. Meditation and prayer are powerful tools for you to organize your thoughts and forget any negativity or distraction in your life by letting God/the universe take control. This will allow you to be fully immersed in the present moment. I generally do a bit of meditation before and after prayer to calm and ground myself before continuing on with my day.

Unplug

I know how difficult it is to be disconnected from the internet; I happen to be a screen-ager and a member of gen-z, but I cannot tell you enough the benefit of unplugging and spending time with your family, friends, and even yourself. You could leave your phone and laptop charging and put away during your morning and night routine. You could turn your phone off and not use the internet during classes.

Not only is being off the internet polite, it’s also far better for your mental health. Spending time in the present is one of the best things to do for your health beside exercising and eating healthy.

Journal

Spend some time with yourself at the end of every day and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and the situations you were in. Not only is this really great for letting go of the past, but it is also amazing for mental health. Once you write down those thoughts and feelings, let them go from your mind and go to sleep.

As you can see, slow living provides a lot of mental health benefits. I plan to incorporate all of these concepts into my life so that I can live more mindfully and purposefully.

What are some other ways that you suggest to live slowly?

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Lots of love,

Meghan ❤

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