9 Slow Living Tips For People Who Can’t Sit Still

9 Slow Living Tips For People Who Can’t Sit Still
Carly Jacobs

he whole slow living thing first came on my radar a few years ago when someone from Slow magazine asked me to write an article for them.

Obviously I was thrilled. It was a new, funky magazine and I was stoked that anyone wanted to publish my work but I have to admit I was quite confused.

There was nothing slow or mindful about my blog back then. Truth be told, finding slowness and mindfulness in my blog now isn’t exactly a thing. I’m all about efficiently, productivity, hustle and grabbing life by the short and curlies. I’m stoked if you can fit some exercise, sleep and greens in there too but if you can’t, no biggie.

Cut a long story short, my article never ended up being written as I think they changed editors or something but I’ve been a fan of the mag ever since. It’s pure voyeurism for me. My very organised, very Type A personality is fascinated by people who have actual chill in their lives. People who yoga. People who meditate. People who manage to get things done without writing lists. It’s like watching a really awesome documentary about an ancient culture.

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Having said that, despite being a workaholic, I do have quite a few slow habits. If I’m hanging out with my mates I never check my phone. If I’m ducking to the shops for 20 minutes, I often won’t take it with me. I like cooking things from scratch, I crochet, I go camping. I also really, really love playing cards and board games.

I find that sometimes people treat movements like this with a little bit of disdain but I think if you’re finding yourself resisting something like this, the trick is to water it down. You don’t have to buy chickens and start tanning your own leather to get the benefits of slow living.

If you’re like me and not sure the slow living life is for you, here a few tips to get you started.

1. Grow some things

I have three house plants I’ve had for about 8 years and they’re all still alive. This makes me very proud because they’re quite beautiful and I really enjoy watering them, cutting off their dead leaves, moving them in and out of the sunlight. It’s a lovely, little pottery thing to do every now and then. Just lovely. Grow anything – flowers, plants, herbs. It’s so satisfying and not even a very big commitment.

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2. Eat your meals without doing anything else

Mr Smaggle and I both work from home and when we break for lunch, we stop and eat together. No TV, no screens. Just us and our lunch. We don’t even plan it, we just kind of do it. I used to do the same thing with my mate Browny who I used to work with when I first started my blog. We’d take our lunch out to the grass and have a lovely 20 minutes, screen and boss free. Try your hardest to not have screens around when you’re eating.

3. Have a hobby

It seems that people get very stressed about finding the right hobby and sticking to it but you can have several hobbies and jump and back and forth between them. I’ve done jewellery making, sewing (very badly), theatre, writing and now I crochet as well. Try a whole lot of different things but try to make them screen free if possible.

4. Be bored

I did a digital detox last year and my favourite part about it was not having my phone when I was out and about. I can remember waiting for my partner to come and pick me for 15 minutes and I was SO BORED without my phone to scroll through. So I watched people, made friends with dogs, looked in shop windows. It was lovely and it made the time pass slower which is perfect because time passes so freaking fast, it’s good to make things chill for a bit.

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5. Make some things

I love making stuff. I wouldn’t even say I’m particularly good at it but I enjoy it and it’s fun. You can make DIY beauty products, cleaning sprays, clothing, food, jams, preserves. Find something you enjoy creating and go for it. You can even make beer. Do that! Make beer. I’ll come drink it with you.

6. Pretend TVs and computers don’t exist

Mr Smaggle and I once rented a caravan that didn’t have a TV in it. Each night we’d eat dinner, chat, read, play cards. It was probably the happiest and most relaxed we’d been in years. We still often have TV free evenings. We listen to the radio or read. It’s really nice and makes the evening not slip away while your eyes are glued to the TV.

7. Mend things or have them mended

Having things mended is so satisfying. Mr Smaggle went out the other night and I spent the evening in front of the TV, sewing buttons on dresses and ironing things. I even had a sneaky glass of wine and it was so ace. It was a weirdly wholesome experience and I honestly almost wished I had more things to iron. Who even am I?

8. Enjoy things that take a long time

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I used to get cranky if I had to take a long train or tram right but now I embrace it. One of my mates recently moved not that far away but in a weird public transport zone that means it takes about an hour to get to her house. I just pop on a podcast and sit back and enjoy the time out rather than get annoyed that I’m wasting time. Lovely.

9. Do something you usually couldn’t be bothered doing

Give the dog a good wash, vacuum under the couch, swim some laps in your local pool just to relax. The next time you catch yourself rolling your eye and planning short cut, just do the thing the long way and see what happens.

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How are you at the whole slow living thing? Do you dig it?


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  1. Jacq Lives Here 9 months ago

    I really enjoyed this post! Lots of things to consider, and definitely some good ideas about slowing down a little in this fast-paced world 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      I think there’s a big barrier to living simply in that people think they need to totally overhaul their lives but it’s just not the case. You can make baby steps in the right direction.

  2. Lisa Fourman 8 months ago

    I need to act like my TV/computer don’t exist, that much is obvious to me. I depend on them like life-blood. I take my iPhone everywhere and it’s annoying for someone who would rather not take it ANYWHERE, let alone into work with me. I would much rather leave it at home with the power turned off; I’d do that if I wasn’t on call for my boss. Maybe I can work out a new habit or two when it comes to leaving the house without my gadgetry.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      Do you get paid to be on call? I’d be chatting to your boss about that. You’d have to pay me A LOT of money to constantly be on call for someone.

      • Lisa Fourman 8 months ago

        I wish but I’m leaving that job soon anyway to run my own business. I’m getting enough money to pay my bills through the corporate job and that’s all that matters to me. I get over-time for working Saturdays anyway. *cheeky grin*

  3. Missy D 8 months ago

    I quite love my little herb garden. It’s satisfying when it starts producing because you’ve taken the time to care for it.

    I’m also a bit of a knitter. So that takes time and there’s not much else you can do at the same time as knitting except watching TV.


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