Busy, busy, busy. These are very common words, & at the beginning of this year, I was letting them run my life. (And run me ragged. 😫) Most days you could find me frazzled & stressed as I tried to do All. The. Things. My patience was on a short fuse, & a spilled cup of milk could send me over the edge. “I’m SO overwhelmed!!!” was my go-to explanation when Hubs asked me how my day was. I was so BUSY. The ironic thing is: the more I rushed around, the less I seemed to get done. My days were cyclical; filled with frustration, busy, discontent, & stress.
One morning, I sat with my Bible & journal in my lap, trying to figure out how to do it all. I wondered how some other women seemed to manage their homes, families, & lives so EASILY. I heard a still, small voice whispering “Slow Down.” I didn’t know what that looked like, or how to even start. Since I was constantly tired, stressed, & cranky, I decided to start with my health. I began napping with the kids, taking supplements, & making sure I didn’t overbook my days & weeks. Slow Living was beginning to take over my life. I began to feel like my “cup” was full, instead of empty.
So… What is Slow Living?
Slow Living could also be called “Intuitive Living.” It’s about slowing down, having less “busy” & creating a life you love. However, Slow is a very open-ended idea, & it looks different for every single person. The best way to find your own version of Slow is to learn to recognize what you need. What brings you calm & rest. To figure out what keeps you in the hamster wheel of stress & frustration. Slowing down is stopping the “busy” so you have time to re-evaluate what you need, want, & long for to live a good life. The beauty of Slow is that there are no rules. Slow living brings a freedom from busy, but only in a way that makes sense to YOU.
You might wonder: “If there are no rules for Slow Living, where do I even start?” Here are some simple starting points for seeking Slow as a way of life:
Think About The “Big Picture.”
When you are 90 years old, will you be happy with the life you lived? Will you regret binging on Netflix instead of writing that novel? Will you wish you had spent more time making memories with your loved ones, instead of yelling at them? How you spend your days is how you live your life. Honestly, I’m really good at seeing the “big picture” of the life that I want… but the daily application is hard for me. Often I will realize I just wasted 2 hours on my phone that I could’ve spent working towards something more lasting.
Take Care of Yourself.
The very first thing I did was begin to take care of myself. I know a lot of women naturally tend to neglect themselves while taking care of everyone else. (This is a big weakness of mine!) Are you eating enough? Getting enough sleep? Soak in the tub. Splurge & let yourself watch that Jane Austen movie. If you have little ones at home, get a babysitter (or a grandma!) so you can visit a cafe in peace. If you take care of yourself, you will be better equipped to take care of everything else.
Listen To Your Intuition.
The most important part of Slow Living is listening to your intuition. We have a God-given understanding of what our bodies, hearts, & minds need, but we tend to ignore it because of the glorification of “busy”. Start trying to listen to yourself in stressful situations. If you find yourself wearing a pair of cranky-pants, Slow. Down. Think about how you got those pants on… & how to get them off. The more you listen, the more in tune you will become to the things that trigger the stress, busy, & frustration in your life.
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