08/09/2016

Take It Slowly! The Beauty of Slowing Down

The last few months have been really intense for me. I have had a the chance to take part in a few incredibly interesting projects, as well as finishing my degree, in addition to being involved in a long recruitment processes, and more. Everything on top of wedding planning! All of these things have required a high levels of energy and focus. 

When things finally calmed down I desperately felt the need for a break. Quite frankly if I would have continue being on full speed, as I used to, for the next few years the chances of a heart attack before my 30th birthday would have been rather high. It is not a scenario I want to consider so I knew I had to change my approach.

If someone would ask me at the beginning of the year if I have a slow life, I would say yes. Today looking at this from a time perspective I am not so sure about it. I thought that I managed to introduce the idea of a slow life in my own lifestyle, yet the last few months proved to me that I still have heaps to learn.  

What is slow life?


There are a few different definitions and interpretations of having and practicing a slow lifestyle. I can only say what slow life means to me and how I understand it. Straight away I want to highlight that the idea of a slow life is not an alternative method of work to rule, where you do an absolute minimum. Think about your work contract, if you work to rule and you do the necessary minimum in the long run this will not only decreases productivity but in addition the overall effects. It also jeopardies any chances for your progression and development. This is definitely not what slow life is about.

Slow life is a process that allows finding a life work balance in a world that expects you to be quick, where quantity replaces quality, and often we feel like the world's expectations are crushing the with weight our shoulders. It encourages taking a controlled break to gain a new perspective to everything that surrounds us starting from enjoying the coffee’s taste while noticing sunrays that warm up your cheeks when you sit outside.

Do I live slow life?


I would have to reply that I do not think that I always follow slow life but I am trying to learn and remember to take breaks and enjoy the moment I am in. I am not refusing to use social media, watch news, and follow up on current affairs. I still enjoy working to tight deadlines as it gives me a thrill. There is nothing better than the feeling that I have achieved something I felt that is was unachievable or that I am unable to do it. However, I am not letting the chaos take over my world and stress me out too much. I still get stressed but not as much and not as quickly. I take the time to appreciate simple things such as acts of kindness and 50 reasons to be happy. This allows me to not only maintain a high level of productivity and creativity but also increase it.  

 What is slow life for you?


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  1. I constantly feel like my life is a rush and a chaotic mess. I'm always quick to move on to the next thing or the next task so this post was definitely interesting to read!
    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! Do you think you might try to slow down sometime this Autumn?

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  2. I always feel like I'm rushing here, there and everywhere. I need to work out a better work/life balance.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. Me too! I am trying my best lately!

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  3. I often feel like I don't have a good work/life balance, as often my blog can feel like a job on top of my actual full-time job in marketing. So for the rest of the year and moving forward, I aim to really work on having more time to relax, just to have head space!

    Kayleigh x
    scampinchips.co.uk

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    1. You are one busy lady! I can imagine how you feel! It can be a bit overwhelming at times so it is great to take a step back and just breath.

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  4. Lovely article baby !
    I usually try to keep a pretty slow life because that's simply for me the best way to relax. But it's not always easy ;) Because a part of me also want to fight to make every project happen ! So it's a balance between the 2... but as long as we listen to our body, I think we're fine. Enjoy your evening !

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    1. Thank you so much Aurelie! I could not agree more with you. Finding balance can be quite hard but the best we can do is try.

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  5. Lovely post! :) I definitely believe in taking things slow and actually living every moment x

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. I am trying to live every moment and celebrate it rather than rushing through life. It can be a challenge at times but it is so worth it!

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  6. great post!

    www.wonderlandclothing.com

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  7. Love this post Iga, I've been pacing myself lately as I get a little stressed out when I'm working too fast or too much! It's important that we all know HOW to live slowly <3

    Sarah | http://www.scarletstate.co.uk

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    1. I could not agree more Sarah. We are so focused on being faster and faster that sometimes it feels like slowing down is a sign of weakness. I am trying to change and stop thinking that I am missing something when I slow down. Iga x

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