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Things To Remember If You Are Thinking of Embracing Slow Living

Things To Remember If You Are Thinking of Embracing Slow Living

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi

For some time, our notion of a successful life is that of a busy one. People who are always on the go are seen as more productive and efficient. Although being busy is indeed a way to attain our dreams and goals, pushing yourself outside of your limits can lead to more problems than benefits. The demands of living in a fast-paced society can cause mental and physical exhaustion which can then ultimately lower the quality of your life. To escape the stress that comes from a hectic lifestyle, some people are promoting the adoption of slow living which encourages people to embrace a laidback lifestyle. This philosophy teaches that avoiding the demands of a chaotic lifestyle is a way towards happiness and wellness.

However, slow living is prone to be misunderstood. One misconception is that it only means spending idle and meaningless days. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking can take away the beauty of leading this kind of life. If you wish to experience its benefits, start by erasing the myths and misconceptions surrounding it; some of which are discussed below:

Slow living is not choosing to lag behind.

The modern lifestyle encourages people to be competitive and stay ahead. For this reason, many may view slow living as a decision to stay behind. This is a wrong concept suggesting that a slow lifestyle is fit for those lacking ambition. But this lifestyle is not about doing things as slowly as possible. Slow living simply frees people from the stress of a frenzied life. Instead of always rushing, slow living chooses to focus on a single task than working on multiple projects at once. This approach can result in producing excellent work that can pave the way for self-growth and development.

Slow living is not being lazy.

If you want to adopt a slow lifestyle because you are thinking of idle days ahead, think again. Slow living is not for the lazy. It does not promote doing less or nothing at all. Rather, it means letting go of doing too many things at a time so you can allot time for rest and relaxation. Living slowly means loving yourself more because you know that self-care is a prerequisite for achieving great things. It means considering your needs along with the tasks you need to do. Slow living may even be a way to be more productive which is contradictory to being lazy. 

Slow living does not reject modern technology.

Slow living advises people to unplug, causing many to assume that it hates modern technology.  However, the philosophy of slow living is merely a reminder to not allow the online world to take over our lives. People following a slow lifestyle stay informed about the latest in technology but are careful about spending too much time online so they would not neglect more important things in life.

We all want our days to be easy and carefree so it may be a good idea to consider a slow lifestyle. However, if you wish to gain the rewards of a slow lifestyle, it is important to understand the true essence behind this idea.

Trevor and Lexi BakerThings To Remember If You Are Thinking of Embracing Slow Living
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Three Ways To Use Stress To Your Advantage & Upgrade Your Lifestyle!

Three Ways To Use Stress To Your Advantage & Upgrade Your Lifestyle!

Stress, in general, is not a very attractive concept. Many of us tend to associate it with unpleasant circumstances such as burnout, depression, and failure. Chronic physical and emotional tension can also lead to loads of physical, mental, and emotional problems. Thus, it is no surprise that almost everyone wants to avoid stress as much as possible. The proliferation of self-help books and personal mentors offering tips on how to handle the pressure of daily life reflects our aversion to stress. 

But while the concept of a stress-free lifestyle sounds so good,  the truth remains that it is something that is hard or almost impossible to avoid. So how about taking a different approach? Instead of focusing on all its bad effects, you may want to learn how to use it to your advantage. A positive way of looking at stress can even help improve your lifestyle. Read on to see three lifestyle-enhancing benefits of stress:

Stress can make you more productive.

Ever noticed how you seem to feel alert when you are faced with a deadline? Sometimes, you even wonder how you managed to get so much work done on an incredibly stressful day. One research study explains that this is because our body and brain are forced to function at its best during stress. The thought that you need to finish several things as soon as you can also motivate you to focus and stick through a task.

Stress can make you healthier. 

Stress is often linked to many diseases. Therefore, it may be a bit hard to believe that it can also be a way to improve your health. Yet a study led by Stanford University reveals that it is indeed possible. The said research proves that the hormones released in the body during stressful situations can boost the immune system. This may be because stress provides purpose and excitement in our lives that can be advantageous. Whereas, a life with no problems encountered at all can be terribly boring and lead to sickness.

Stress keeps you grounded.

In this life, you sometimes need things to remind you that you are not invincible. If everything comes easy for you, you have a tendency to be arrogant and ungrateful.Difficult situations, on the other hand, teach you to be humble.  Stress is a reminder that there are forces and circumstances in life that are beyond you. You also learn to appreciate the blessings around you. As stress makes you a better person, you can also expect to form good relationships with people and lead a happier life.

Note: This article discusses the possible benefits that temporary or short-term stress can bring. People who experienced severe and long-term stress may not be able to enjoy these benefits as the effects can already be harmful. 

As they say, everything in life has a good and a bad side: stress is no exception. Thus, choosing to focus on its favorable side may make you realize all the benefits that you can gain from it.  A slight change in how you view stress can make all the positive difference!

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