Have you ever heard of the concept of downshifting? Well, I hadn’t until recently, but when I did I knew it was something I wanted to look into. Turns out I have been downshifting for a while now… I just didn’t realise it had a name! If, like me, you didn’t even know this was a thing, then read on: we are going to look into exactly what it means to be a downshifter, how downshifting can change your life for the better, and how you can get started.
So are you ready to Slow down?
I thought it might be helpful to briefly explore some Slow Living tips for the most common ‘everyday’ areas and how you can integrate a Slow philosophy in your day to day life. There are so many aspects to Slow Living, part of its beauty for me it’s how personal it is! You can pretty much apply Slow Living principles to any aspect of life you choose, but let’s take a look at a few key areas:
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“ I do know plenty of people who would say they live an intentional life who would frankly do anything rather than put the brakes on for a bit…”
The pace of living today can be frantic and overwhelming:
Technological advancements are being made continually, people want things to be better, easier and faster than ever before, and the expectation is that they will get exactly that. We have more and more demands on our time, working longer hours amidst countless distractions, and trying to fit in everything else on our (inexhaustible) to-do lists around that.
Decluttering! The buzzword of the moment!
It seems you can’t turn around without tripping over magazine articles, blog posts, books and TV shows all dedicated to helping you take control of your life by getting rid of your possessions.
The concept of decluttering is not a new one, but the current popularity of minimalism and simple living shows no signs of slowing. So why the sudden rise in popularity of minimising now? What is it about decluttering which has struck such a chord in people?
Here at The Life Spotters HQ we are all about living intentionally… For me, it is the ONLY way to live your life. But what does it actually mean? In this post, I’ll be addressing what intentional living is, why you need to be doing it and how you can apply intentional living to your day to day life. Interested? Read on…
Do you ever feel the urge to simplify? The way we live our lives today is faster, bigger and busier than ever before. In many ways this is a superb thing – we have access to information 24/7 – a whole world of knowledge at our fingertips. We can connect with people – loved ones or strangers – all over the world at the touch of a button. Our needs and wants are met quickly and efficiently, and if we can imagine it, we can own it. There is a rich world of opportunity and abundance out there, and we have the ability to have it all…
But instead of enhancing our lives, all too often it seems we are drowning in a sea of overwhelm.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to come together with family and friends, to celebrate and show our love, to share and feast, to dance, sing and be joyful. But it has also become a time of excessive consumption and mass overspending. I LOVE Christmas, truly, I’m still just like a kid, giddy and excitable and hopping up and down in anticipation from now until the day itself, (did I say now? Ok, so, actually I have been hopping up and down for weeks, waiting for it to be “acceptable” to show my colours…)
2 years ago we had to leave the cottage we had lived in for 13 years when our landlord decided to sell. It was an old ramshackle cottage with low beamed ceilings and nooks and crannies aplenty (and dust, so much dust!). It was pokey and cramped, in the delightfully cosy way that cottages often are, but we loved it, and it had been our home for many years.
Meditation has long been known to be beneficial to your health. Practiced for centuries by those in the know, there is now so much scientific backing to those benefits that even the most sceptical couldn’t doubt it’s effectiveness: Meditation has been proven to help reduce blood pressure, improve heart rate, relieve stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve sleep and even help ease chronic pain. Not to mention the boom-massive spiritual effects such as increased awareness and understanding of self, mindfulness, harmony, and connection.