If you’re new to the challenge, A Year of Living Slower is a gradual, year-long experiment in living better, not faster. It’s a reaction to today’s accelerated pace of life that aims to help us slow down and make small, achievable lifestyle changes and tweaks with the aim of improving overall well-being and happiness.
U.S. News reported that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Why? We often go in so big and radical with our resolutions that they’re difficult to uphold. That’s why A Year of Living Slower is different – there are no rules, just inspiration and ideas to try new ways of living better. Stick to the changes that work for you (repetition is crucial for habit building – UCL research has shown it takes 66 days on average to create a new habit) and tweak or ditch those that don’t.
Each month of the challenge focuses on a different theme inspired by slow living. In January, a month that we often build up in our minds as a month of change, A Year of Living Slower concentrated on sleep.
As we welcome February, the perceived societal pressure of throwing yourself full-throttle at a new calendar with the ‘New Year, New Me’ ethos is, thankfully, starting to fade. That said, well-being isn’t just for January and impossible New Year’s resolutions. In February, we focus on self-care and make an homage to the traditional ‘day of rest’.
Striving for Slow Sundays
February’s challenge is about re-assigning importance to Sunday as a day of rest, or self-care. It’s about slowing down, ditching the to-do list and giving yourself a chance to recharge and embrace JOMO. We are constantly hurrying from obligation to obligation, and this doesn’t stop at the weekends. Sometimes, it’s okay to turn down invites, or accept that this is not the weekend to start painting the garden shed.
Throughout February we’ll share ideas around how to embrace self-care on Sundays and enjoyable ways to spend a relaxing Sunday in London. Because a slow Sunday doesn’t have to mean doing absolutely nothing! Slowing down is about living consciously and switching off your auto-pilot, not moving at the speed of a sloth. Though, sometimes, that’s fine too.
Get involved with February’s Slow Sundays challenge on Instagram using #AYearOfLivingSlower.