You might think that slow living and city living are mutually exclusive things. That’s because city living can be hard: it’s fast-paced, chaotic and stressful. Slow living is just the opposite: it is all about mindfulness, being connected to yourself and the world, and enjoying the moment. So, what can you do if you’re living in the middle of a busy city like London?
Just keep in mind one simple thing: slow living doesn’t have anything to do with your location! You can lead a mindful life in London, or be constantly stressed in the most remote countryside cottage surrounded only by trees! Slow living is a mindset!
So, here below you’ll find our top 5 tips that can help you practice slow living in a big city:
- Be A Tourist in Your Own City
Think about it: when you’re visiting a city as a tourist, you get the best parts of city living. That’s because you get the best parts of urban living without the everyday annoyances! You don’t rush, you enjoy the everyday things like, you visit cool places, just because everything is different.
So, why not be a tourists in your own city – even just for a couple of hours? Try to spend some hours or a whole day just wandering around your city as if you were visiting. Try to see everything with fresh eyes, exploring areas outside of your usual route and noticing the little things! It really gives you a new perspective and you can appreciate your city a lot more!
- Find Your Hidden Spots
Big cities are usually full of nice spots where to hide from the crowds and escape the hustle for a moment. It can be a cosy bookshop, a nice café or simply a bench in the city park. Just find a happy place outside of your home where you can go to relax and recharge whenever you need some peace!
- Stop Eating On The Go
Urban lifestyle is all about efficiency, but this cannot be at the expense of health! Did you know that research says that eating on the go is very bad for our health? Practice slow living by the simple act of sitting down and enjoying whatever you are eating or drinking!
Next time you order something, ask for “to stay” and enjoy the moment! Or, if you really want the ‘to go’ option, find a nearby park or a nice spot and enjoy your food there!
- Fill the Idle Hours
Probably the most annoying thing about living in the city is the amount of time we spend going between one place to another! But who says we cannot make these boring and frustrating moments more enjoyable? Listen to a podcast while you sit in traffic, catch up on your reading on your commute, or just sit and be immersed in your thoughts!
- Be Inspired
Try to think of your city as a never-ending source of inspiration. Art galleries, street art, museums, events, concerts, food festivals are obvious creativity hotspots. But each city has got his own energy to offer: architecture, people, overheard conversations, everyday human interactions, the golden hour light – there are a thousand surprises in your city!
Just let yourself get inspired!