MY FIRST TASTE OF SLOW-LIVING.

pancakes

 

Ahh, slow living.

Even the sentence makes me breathe a little calmer, feel more relaxed and at bay.

I only just discovered the slow living movement in the Instagram world over the past couple of weeks, and boy am I HOOKED. Those cosy nights in with fluffy blankets, having a cup of tea with no (and I mean, no) distractions, taking the time to indulge in self-care and homemade treats, reading the pages of an actual book! It’s basically me in every sense of the word.

If you’re new to this lifestyle, have a gander of the slow living #hashtag and be prepared to swoon over the autumnal moody lighting, beds you want to curl up on and snooze the day away, bunches of blooms on a gorgeous dark wooden table.

A few weekends ago I had no plans, and the BF was out doing his own thang, so I decided the time was now to have my first slow living day. Let me tell you, it was glorious. I slept in, chatted to my favourite people online and had wonderful weekend conversations, pottered about the house with no purpose or action plan, make banana loaf that I sat and ate with a gorgeous cuppa, snuggled up on the sofa with the dog. I’ve been thinking about the day ever since it happened.

I can’t wait to have another day like this. Along with relaxing, it felt nourishing to me as a person, that I was investing in myself, truly. I really was living with no expectations and limitations, and what a joyful moment it was. Days that make the heart sing are my favourite.

SLOW-LIVING ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY

  • Collect some apples, and make them into a crumble
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Get out in nature, and listen to the birds sing
  • Have a lie-in
  • Take a midday bath and don’t for one moment feel guilty about it
  • Put on some soothing music and have a good old stretch
  • Talk about things that matter to you, your passions, goals and dreams for the future
  • Make tea and enjoy the process

 

Have you ever had a slow living day?

 

 

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  • I don’t remember the last time I had a day without a to do list to hand! I would love to try this and give myself a true day off xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Lifestyle

    • Ooh I hope you manage one, you could even do a post about it! xx

  • I try to live my life as much as possible by the tenets of slow-living 😉 xx

    • Its something I’m incorporating into my life so much more now! x

  • I´ve never heard of the slow living movement but it looks like my kind of thing!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • It’s so lovely! Definitely worth a scroll on Instagram too xx

  • I’m so into this new movement, I love having a quiet weekend where I relax, bake some cookies or a nice pie and spend time with my family and friends – it’s the best way to get some energy for the week ahead! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Ooh yes baking is something I want to get back in to! I love a good relaxing weekend xx

  • This is a beautiful post, Natalie. I am a big fan of slow living. It plays a huge role in the Danish tradition of ‘hygge’, so I try to embrace it as much as I can while living in Denmark. <3 I love the list you made. Taking a deep breath and making a cup of tea in the afternoon is the best feeling.

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • YES! I love ‘hygge’, it is everything I’m about! I’m so glad you liked this xxx

  • Great post. I think this idea is really great for combating anxiety and sadness. I love the idea of picking apples and making crumble, always find baking relaxing!

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • Thats so true! Apple crumble is my absolute favourite! xx

  • Amy Eade

    I need to have a slow living day at some point – I definitely have slow mornings fairly often but a whole day would be amazing!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • Georgina Grace

    I love the concept of slow living! I try to slow down at the weekends as best as I can, and during the evenings after work. It’s the best way to wind down! xx

    http://www.love-georgie.co.uk

    • I love a good slow evening after a busy day- it feels heaven! x

  • I always have such good intentions but I can’t help but plough on until my to do list is done instead of taking a few hours out just for me and slowing down. I’m actually worse on weekends, definitely something I’m looking to get better at!

    http://www.limeafterlime.com

    • Definitely recommend booking a day in your diary! Its so worth it and you feel so rested after! x

  • Diana Maria

    It’s crazy how rare these kinds of nights have become! But I agree, it’s so wonderful when you have that time to do nothing and really let go of your to do list. I’m glad you enjoyed your night Natalie 🙂

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days