I’m constantly looking for tips on slow living, maybe it’s because 2017 has been so transitional and I constantly feel a need to slow things down, and take a deep breath, so that I’m able to refocus my energy on all the good things that’s happening admits all the chaos. Whenever I needed a break I’ve had a tendency to turn to Netflix, because it is just such an easy way to be entertained, but then I recently read an article about how Netflix is designed to be addictive; the 15 second countdown between shows make it easy to binge-watch and difficult to stop. And I have to admit I’m so, so guilty of never being able to turn it off when I first get started. Sort of like when you eat a crisp and you can’t stop until the last one is gone.
This time of year when it’s getting colder and darker, and when cosying up at home becomes almost necessary (or at least preferable to venturing out), but I don’t want to always turn to Netflix for entertainment so, I’ve been trying to come up with cosy things to do that doesn’t involve binge-watching random TV-shows. And they leave me feeling so much more relaxed than Netflix ever does, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you need some inspiration as well.
Start a knitting project while listening to your favourite podcast
One of my favourite things to do during the colder months is knitting. And while it hasn’t amounted to much since the surgery in my right hand last December, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to finish a few projects in the coming months. I’m currently trying to finish this sweater I started a year ago, but I’m so tempted to trying my hands on this one from Wool And The Gang. They have so many great yarns and recipes I’d love to try out.
If you’re looking for podcast recommendations my favourites at the moment include Conscious Chatter for eco-fashion related interviews Stranger for well-told stories and the Melissa Ambrosini show for interviews with a variety of people on how to lead a healthy and happy life.
Have a mini spa date at home
A cheap way to get a bit of glow and one of my favourite ways to unwind after a long day. Light a few scented candles, put on some relaxing music and your favourite face mask or paint your nails. For the past few months I’ve been trying out a few products from London based Pai Skincare and my skin is loving it. This facemask is my favourite, and I always use a combination of this serum and this facial oil afterwards. It’s really done wonders for my skin.
Read a book or two
I have a tendency to be reading several books at a time and always have quite an impressive stack on my nightstand. Curling up on the couch or going to bed an hour earlier just to read is such a nice way to end a busy day or even spend an entire Sunday. Accompanied by snacks and I’m all in. I’m currently reading Milk and Honey (affiliate link), Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness (affiliate link) and Harry Potter (affiliate link) on my Kindle.