This blog post is sponsored by The Purity Project. As always, anything I write for you is honest and my opinion is no way swayed by any of my partnerships.
Slow living is a buzzword you will hear often. In my opinion, slow living refers to finding the time to stop, take a moment, be present and take notice of what’s happening around you. When you do this, magic things happen.
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about three simple everyday rituals you can incorporate into your life to slow down and create space. Keep reading to find out what they are.
These are just suggestions and shouldn’t be another thing to add to your ‘self-care to do list’! I share them as I used to be able to go a whole day and realise at the end of it I hadn’t even paused enough to take a breath. My shoulders would be up to my ears and I would be so in my head that anything could happen around me and I wouldn’t have noticed.
Learning some simple ways to slow down in everyday life was a game-changer for me. I learnt to stop and pause, look around, and I mean really look. I’d notice what was happening with the light reflecting on a wall or see a butterfly go past… all these wonderful moments in life that I was missing before.
Finding time to slow down and take time for yourself makes everything lighter. So let’s get to it – three simple ways you can slow down and create space in your everyday life.
1. Mindful skincare
I’m that person who brushed my teeth while walking around the house doing other things to be more ‘productive’ so it’s hard for me to accept the idea of slowing down. I often squeeze a million things into my day and then complain that I can’t find time to meditate and have ‘me-time’. Here is where The Purity Project come into it with the idea of mindful skincare.
Instead of finding extra time to meditate and take a breath I could simply incorporate it into something I was already doing, and enjoy it a whole lot more. I still try and meditate when I can but now I know that on the days when I don’t find the time, I’ll still get that bit of time to myself. So how do you do it? The Purity Project say to follow these simple steps:
With an open mind and positive intentions, try this simple practice when applying your skincare:
- Close the bathroom door and create a space with minimal distractions. This is your ‘me-time’.
- Take a few deep breaths in from the nose and out from mouth. This engages the parasympathetic nervous system and helps bring you into the here and now.
- Apply your products. Notice the texture, the warmth and the sensations you feel on your skin. Does it feel soft, smooth, or refreshing? Feel the contact of your finger tips and every motion they make, notice the crevices, notice any scents, just notice.
- Take a few more deep breaths.
- As you come to an end of your routine, look in the mirror and state 3 things you love about yourself, 3 things you’re grateful for and 3 things you’re looking forward to.
- Notice how you’re feeling. Is it any different from how you felt to begin with?
The Purity Project is an Australian made, sustainable, vegan-friendly, and minimal skincare line and I love their ethos and products. I had awful acne in my early teens and tried every product under the sun (anyone else used to use proactive? Yucky).
I now find that the best thing for my skin is to leave it alone! My skincare routine is minimal and I use only natural products and opt for organic where I can. I wash my face with water in the morning and apply a BB cream with SPF 30. I use The Purity Project Daily Balancing Cleanser and PM Oil at night and that’s it!
I also love that I can send back my empty bottles to The Purity Project as part of their Give Back Recycling Program and get 20% off and free postage on my next order.
Alright so we’ve talked about mindful skincare, easy. What’s next? Creating morning and evening rituals.
2. Creating morning and evening rituals
Next up is the idea of creating morning and evening rituals. This idea as well as the next is from Brooke McAlary’s book Slow.
What are some of your favourite things to do before you go to sleep or when you wake up in the morning? Imagine you have all the time in the world set aside for yourself, what would you do? Would you do some yoga, have a cuppa, eat toast in bed, make a yummy breakfast, write?
List down a few things you could do in the morning or night that would set up your day or your sleep for the better. Choose a few of the most important ones and think about how long they’d take.
For example, before bed I loveeee doing some light stretches, writing a few things down in my gratitude journal and reading a bit of my book. I try and get in bed at least half an hour before I want to go to sleep, creating time for myself to do those things and prepare for rest.
In the morning I used to get up, get dressed and go straight to work. I started waking up an hour earlier so I had time to relax for a bit and do some sort of exercise and it’s completely changed my day.
Other days I use that extra time to have a cup of tea and eat toast in bed, maybe while watching a trashy tv show! These are just examples of things I love having time for. Think about the things that you’d love to do, prioritise that time and space for yourself to build in a little bit of slow every day.
I’d love to know what you’d incorporate into your morning or evening rituals! Comment below.
3. Single tasking
The last simple way you can slow down and create a little more space in your everyday life is by single tasking. This one is super simple, ready? Do one thing at a time. That’s it!
How much do you multi task? As I said earlier, I couldn’t even brush my teeth without trying to do other things at the same time. I would eat lunch at my desk while checking my phone. Talk on the phone to friends and family while doing the shopping.
Okay I still do some of those things but I try to ‘single task’ wherever I can and it’s made a huge difference. I’ll cook dinner in silence every now and then instead of trying to listen to a podcast at the same time. I’ll eat lunch away from my desk or I’ll go for a walk with no music. This allows you to focus on the one thing you’re doing and allow your mind to simply float around instead of jamming it with another thing.
Single tasking is one of the simplest and easiest way you can slow down. Give it a go and let me know if you notice any changes!
So that’s it my friends, three simple ways you can slow down and create space in your everyday life! Please try mindful skincare, implementing morning and evening rituals or single tasking and let me know how you go, I’d love to hear from you! As always, pop any questions or thoughts in the comments below and please share this article if you found value in it.
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