What is Slow Living?

Slow living is a mindset. Find out more below.

  • Slow living is a mindset

    Slow living is a mindset whereby you curate a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle that’s in line with what you value most in life.

    By intentionally placing your true values at the heart of your lifestyle, a slow living mindset encourages you to live in self-awareness and make conscious, purposeful decisions for the benefit of your own well-being and that of the planet. 

    Slow Living – Intro

History of the slow movement

Slow living is part of the wider slow movement which began in the 1980s in Italy. Faced with the opening of a McDonald’s in the heart of Rome, Carlo Petrini and a group of activists formed Slow Food, a movement that defends regional food traditions. The slow food movement now has supporters in over 150 countries and continues to protect gastronomic traditions, promote fair pay for producers, encourage enjoyment of good quality food and engage in activities around sustainability.

Slow Food has sparked a broader slow living movement that encompasses our entire way of life, although there are other prominent strands. One of these is slow travel which encourages making a greater connection with the destinations visited when travelling. As we discover that faster isn’t always better, other areas of our lifestyles are adopting the word ‘slow’ – slow fashion and slow fitness being among the more recent.

the mindset: curating a more meaningful lifestyle

  • one

    live by your values

    to put what’s important to you at the heart of your lifestyle
  • two

    live better

    to stay in tune with and prioritise your own well-being in the face of burnout and our 24/7 always-on culture
  • three

    live consciously

    to become more engaged with nature and how and what we consume

the method: everyday deceleration

  • one

    live by your values

    simplify your lifestyle to remove physical and emotional distractions from what you consider important
  • two

    live better

    make time to prioritise self-care, sleep, mindfulness, real connections and a better relationship with technology
  • three

    live consciously

    reconnect with the natural world, travel mindfully and make more considered decisions to minimise environmental impact

live better, not faster

  • “Slow living is all about creating time and space and energy for the things that matter most to us in life, so ask yourself what you stand to gain.”

    Brooke McAlary
  • “Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.”

    Leo Babauta
  • “Slow living isn’t about determining how little we can live with – it’s about working out what we simply can’t live without.”

    Nathan Williams
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