We call ourselves a slow fashion brand, and there is a lot of content on our website talking about the slow fashion movement, but not much about its origin and history. In this post, I want to go back to where it all started - slow living. I will try my best to outline my understanding of slow living and highlight some of the ways I have embraced it in my own life.
Slow living was kick started by slow food movement which started in Italy in 1986. Slow food advocates three principles: good, clean and fair and these principles are common across all the slow movements.
The crux of the slow living movement lies in the word "slow" - it encourages you to slow the pace of your life. We live an incredibly fast paced life in a world that celebrates "more" culture - bigger, higher, faster, newer is always considered better. The consequence of which sadly is this constant feeling of being left out as you can not possibly keep up with this obsession of more.
With the above said, it's quite easy to explain slow living - it is a mindset; it is a lifestyle that resists this fast paced lifestyle and encourages you to adopt a slower pace of life which is more meaningful and fulfilling.
As the slow living movement refers to a lifestyle, it touches every aspect of life - your health, your relationships, what you eat, what you wear, what you buy, where/how you travel, your values and your view of the world.
Slow living does not mean you renounce everything. Instead, you embrace minimalism in your life and make choices accordingly. Its as simple as making space of things that matters to you and discarding everything else.
Slow living does not mean you slow down everything to a snail's pace. Instead, you understand that there is a natural pace to everything and you spend the right amount of time needed on what you value.
Slow living is not anti-technology. Instead, you understand that technology exists to serve a purpose and it is just a means to an end. We are not slaves to it and don't need to be in front of a screen all the time.
Equation of success: [Busy==Productive==Success]
Slow living is against the above equation of success. Being busy is a choice. Slow living encourages you to identify what is important to you and prioritize. It advocates that success is something personal.
Slow living is not limited to rural life. You could be living in one of the most busiest cities in the world and still practice slow living. Just find things that make sense for your situation - remember that it does not have to be all or nothing.
Slow Living - Personally
With some of the myths busted regarding slow living, I can go on and share a few things that I do personally to embrace slow living in my life.
=> Deliberate time off screen - Walking, exercise and reading are few activities that I use to carve out a healthy portion of off-screen time personally.
=> Organic and local - I always try to shop organic. Preference being local (Sweden) -> Regional (Europe) -> Anywhere. I follow this preference order even for non-organic produce/products as sadly not everything is available organic.
=> Transportation - I do not own a car. I either use my bicycle or public transport. Luckily Stockholm has an amazing public transport system.
=> Conscious consumerism - When it comes to fashion and home, I buy less and buy higher quality and I am willing to pay more for it. For me longevity is a very important factor in my purchasing decision.
=> Staycation - This started as more of a necessity than a choice but after few staycations (especially small trips on my bike) I discovered that there are many nice places and experiences nearby and I simply fell in love with staycations so much so that I will make it part of my life even after the pandemic.
Are you interested in the slow living movement? Do you practice it? What do you do in your life to embrace slow living? Feel free to share your thoughts, views and ideas in the comments.