Slow living can be defined as “a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to aspects of everyday life” (Wikipedia). With our world changing due to COVID-19 it feels as though we are all doing some slow living these days. Perspective is everything, and this slowing down of life as it once was can either be seen as terrifying or as a blessing.

Whichever way you look at it, we all are having to find things to do at home in order to keep ourselves busy and our minds at ease. Here are ten things that I have done, or have started doing, during this time:

    1. Start a Gratitude Journal: A large part of slow living (as well as minimalism), in my opinion, is taking time to be grateful.  Thinking about and appreciating what you have in your life, instead of constantly chasing more. I believe that this time in our lives has been a huge reminder of this. Journaling has always helped me to calm down when I start to feel overwhelmed or frustrated.  Even just taking a moment to think about all of the things that in that moment you are grateful for has the ability to not only help you feel calm again, but centered and focused on the things that matter most.
    2. Get Outside: There are so many benefits of time spent outside! I’ve always noticed that it boosts my mood and just makes me feel better overall. Whether you are going on a walk, bike ride, or simply sitting outside this can be both beneficial for your body and mind. 
    3. Exercise: Your health is one thing that you have control over. This has been something that I’ve been trying to remind myself of recently.  Yoga, going on a jog, bodyweight exercises- all of these tend to help my mood and my body, making for a better day overall.  
    4. Virtual Hangouts: Thank goodness for FaceTime, Google Meet and Zoom! If you’ve been missing your friends and family try planning a virtual hang out (you could even make it a weekly event) so that you still get to see everyone that you love. We’ve done a few with friends and family so far and it’s definitely helped us to feel connected even when we’re far away.  If you’re lucky enough to be quarantined with family, make sure to take time to enjoy each other’s company! 
    5. Check Items Off Your To-Do List: This is a great time to get those little things done around the house that you’ve been wanting to do. We recently checked off a big item on our to-do list by painting our kitchen cabinets- and I’m so glad that we did! It always feels good to get those things done and out of the way.
    6. Start a Garden: Gardening has definitely taken off this time of year, so much so that we’ve actually found it hard to find some of the vegetable plants that we usually get! If you’re starting a garden this year it can be very rewarding to care for your plants and watch them grow.  I would recommend starting small if you haven’t tried it before.
    7. Try a Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: If you’ve been wanting to declutter your wardrobe and try wearing only a certain amount of items, this is a great time to try it out! There are plenty of challenges to try out and blogs to read such as Project 333.
    8. Learn Something New: For me this meant finally learning how to use our sewing machine! If you have something sitting around the house that you haven’t used, or something that you’ve been wanting to learn, give it a try! If you’re not sure where to start you can always google it or watch some YouTube videos 🙂 
    9. Start a New Habit: After recently reading Atomic Habits, I’ve learned a lot about how good habits and bad habits form (and how simple it can be to encourage a good habit by doing just a few things!).  Maybe you’ve been wanting to start a new morning or evening routine, or break a bad habit. I’ve personally been trying to exercise more often and stop biting my nails as much.  Whatever it is, now would be a great time to work on habits or routines!
    10. Try a New Recipe or Two: Recently I’ve been drooling over posts about homemade bread. But people are making many other things too! Take some time to try out a new recipe and see what you are capable of. If you too have a weakness for fresh baked bread, try out this easy no knead recipe that I’ve been using!

 There are so many other things that you can spend your time doing besides the things that I’ve listed!  I would love to hear from you about what you’ve been doing that helps you to stay busy, or helps to keep your mind at ease! 

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