GUIDE TO SLOW LIVING | 5 steps to live slowly, simply & intentionally

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hello everybody out there how's it going

welcome back to my channel just hold on

I just got you know like kind of have

fallen off my bed if you saw my previous

video you would know that recently I've

been dealing with some pretty major

burnout and so for the past little while

I've been on a bit of a mission to

recover my nervous system and just bring

some more balance into my life and one

of the ways that I have been finding

more of that work-life balance has been

by simply slowing down and so in today's

video I'm going to be sharing with you

some of the specific lifestyle

strategies that I've been implementing

in my own life to just you know live

slower find more balance and live more

intentionally as well I also have a free

downloadable worksheet for you to follow

along with that you can download I will

leave a link to it below this video in

the description box that just takes you

through the different kind of strategies

that I'm talking about in today's video

and so let's get started so let's take

everything way back to the fundamentals

here and explore intentional living and

what that really means and intentional

living is really a very broad term that

just means living in alignment with your

unique values or beliefs and this is a

really key component to starting to live

a little bit slower because it's really

important that we reconnect with the

things that matter to us you know what

matters to us in our lives what do we

value in our lives and what are we you

know are we making space for those

things or are we not and how do we find

ways to makes things for those things so

often we are caught up in the grind in

trying to live a certain way or trying

to seek approval from others and it's so

easy to lose sight of what we

yeah really want maybe you really value

good meaningful conversations with your

partner or quality time with your

friends and family or spending time in

nature or prioritizing your health or

your sleep or saving money or living

minimally one of my favorite quotes and

I want to share with you here is by

Alice Walker that goes take a look at

the present moment you are constructing

it should look like the future you are

dreaming and I think that this is so

very true for us to take a look around

us and ask ourselves kind of kind of

assess how are we living our lives how

are we creating our lives and do they

look how we want for them to look next

up I want to talk about doing less there

are absolutely times don't get me wrong

we're being super busy and getting [ __ ]

done and working hard are part of life

and that's what helps us to get from

point A to point B and that's what helps

us to move forward but there are also

plateaus and plateaus can be wonderful

things to rest and recovery is critical

between periods of bursting creativity

or work because that is how we support

our nervous system if we are constantly

go go-go-go-go and every corner of our

day every corner of our mind is full of

stuff to do we you know that is what

leads us to burnout essentially that's

what makes us feel so overwhelmed and

this is we're doing less is all about

welcoming that slowness into your life

and recognizing what is and isn't worth

your time so there are two main ways

that we can begin to do less I mean

there's a lot of ways that we can do

this but these are the two main points

that I want to make here and that is

saying no right learning to say no and

streamlining your workload

really sometimes it can be up the

expense of

our mental health or our bodily health

when we are just constantly saying yes

or taking on too much or taking on more

than we can handle of course all of this

within reason we obviously can't say no

to everything we're always going to have

obligations and responsibilities that we

have to take care of but we still very

much so can set boundaries for ourselves

and then streamlining your workload is

the other point here so your workload is

of course related to your job but can

also be home life something I want to

talk about here is a system known as

eliminate automate delegate maybe you're

familiar with that maybe not but

essentially it really just means that

you eliminate things that are

unnecessary we're possible if you can't

eliminate you automate those things

there are you know a number of ways

especially in business different kinds

of automations that can be done and then

there's delegate which if you can't

eliminate or automate you delegate which

really just means asking for help asking

for help passing off some some tasks or

some responsibilities to somebody else

and I you know if you're someone who

doesn't like asking for help and you

want to do everything yourself I totally

feel you I think that you can gain a lot

of skills in this way and gain a lot of

confidence but over time it can also

start to be a lot it can be a lot when

you refuse to ask for help and this is

one of those other things just like

learning to say no sometimes we have to

learn to hey it's okay to ask for help


we've been so accustomed to noise and

stimulation and activity and

distractions that when we don't have

those we almost feel uncomfortable we've

kind of learned to be oriented towards

action and achievement because that's

what makes us feel important is when

we're constantly doing things and when

we're being productive and if we're not

if we're experiencing stillness we often

equate that with being unproductive or

you know something of no value when

really the opposite is is true when we

are quiet and you can sit with ourselves

that's where we can really start to

understand ourselves a little bit better

understand our thoughts a little bit

better our fears our worries our

priorities our intentions and it's also

when we're able to start to recognize

what really does and doesn't matter so

there are two main ways that I encourage

you to try and find more silence and

stillness in your life and the first way

is to simply cut out distraction so

whether that's your phone

social media television shopping I can't

emphasize enough here the importance of

carving out time for you carving out

time for you to be with yourself to

experience periods of nothingness where

we're not trying to fill our time in our

space with distractions the second point

here is to

meditate just simply sit in silence

and I know what it's like to feel really

Restless with this kind of thing but

what I've found is it doesn't have to be

long it doesn't have to be like a

45-minute session it can honestly just

be for three minutes that's what I told

myself when I first started doing it a

few weeks ago and from my experience

it's all about not attaching judgment to

the thoughts that you're having or the

emotions that you're experiencing but

just being the observer or almost

detaching yourself from them a whole

other component of living slowly is also

just being present being with the

present moment and one of the ways that

we can do that whether we're meditating

or not is just noticing you know our

senses what do we feel what do we hear

to be having muscle tension and letting

ourselves release that how often do we

rush everything that we do rush getting

up in the morning rush packing our lunch

rush heading to work

rush hour work day rush heading home

rush our meals cooking everything seems

to be in a rush so easily and this is

where we can make that conscious

decision to say hey I'm gonna slow

things down a little bit and of course

you know by having less to do like we

talked about with with finding ways to

do less it's much easier to slow down it

can be so transformative for us

sometimes to realize that hey I don't

have to rush things can get done when

they get done and another one of my

favorite quotes that I want to share

with you here is that nature never

hurries yet

everything is accomplished so there are

many different ways that we can

physically you make that conscious

decision to slow down different

activities in our lives when you're

drinking your tea in the morning or your

coffee just slowing that down slowing

down when you are eating your meals you

know sitting down at the table and

eating and chewing slower driving to

work slower doing your chores or

cleaning or dishes slower cooking slower

really just being present and allowing

ourselves to experience the process in a

new way and walking slower going for a

leisurely walk you know we'll walk

specifically just to do it slowly and

lastly I want to talk about gratitude

here gratitude really is the expression

of appreciation for what we already have

in our lives as opposed to what we want

or what we think that we need now having

visions of things that we want and

striving to achieve them is wonderful

but something that I've kind of been

thinking about lately is that often with

more whether that's more success more

belongings more money more insert more

thing here comes more responsibility

more stress perhaps sometimes more costs

are involved you know there's always a

bit of a caveat and and again I think

that's driving for for more of something

that we know

we want in our life is such a wonderful

thing I'm a huge goal setter and I think

that's fantastic but you know if you are

like most people there's always

something more to want and experiencing

gratitude the the emotions of gratitude

are what help us to be more content and

we're satisfied with what we already

have and with less being satisfied with

with less and getting ourselves out of

that that rot race of trying to get more

try and get the next thing trying to

keep up it really helps us to slow down

in that way so that brings us to the end

of today's video I'm making changes to

our lifestyle or saying no we're taking

things off our plate or whatever it may

be these things definitely take time it

doesn't happen overnight but I hope that

you've taken something from this video

to help you to reduce stress in some way

and slow down and live a little bit more

intentionally and again there is that

downloadable worksheet for you to follow

along with if you would like to I've

linked it down for you below in the

description box and I'll see you very

very soon