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20 Ways to Slow Down this Summer

As the days stretch lazily into the warm embrace of summer, there’s a gentle invitation whispered on the breeze: slow down, and savor each moment. In a world that often feels like it’s constantly rushing forward, summer offers us a precious opportunity to pause, breathe, and reconnect with the simple pleasures of life. Whether it’s basking in the golden glow of a sunset, sipping iced tea on a porch swing, or getting lost in the pages of a good book, there are countless ways to embrace a slower pace and nourish our souls this season. Join me as we explore practical tips and inspiring ideas for slowing down and making the most of the languid, sun-drenched days ahead.

20 Ways to Slow Down this Summer

In today’s post, I share 20 ways you can practice slow living and make the most of the season:

  1. Embrace a slower pace by scheduling fewer activities and leaving more time for relaxation.
  2. Spend leisurely afternoons outdoors, perhaps with a picnic in a park or a stroll through nature trails.
  3. Start a garden and spend time nurturing your plants, enjoying the process of growth and cultivation.
  4. Engage in mindfulness practices like meditation or yoga to help you stay present and appreciate each moment.
  5. Take up a new hobby that encourages you to slow down, such as painting, knitting, or woodworking.
  6. Limit screen time and instead opt for activities that foster connection with others, like board games or storytelling sessions.
  7. Make a conscious effort to savor seasonal treats, like ripe fruits and refreshing iced beverages.
  8. Create a summer reading list and dedicate time each day to immerse yourself in a good book.
  9. Practice the art of doing nothing by simply sitting and observing the world around you, letting go of the need to constantly be productive.
  10. Plan a digital detox weekend where you unplug from technology and focus on real-life interactions and experiences.
  11. Embrace the concept of “slow food” by cooking meals from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  12. Take advantage of long summer evenings by watching the sunset or stargazing.
  13. Prioritise self-care activities like taking long baths, indulging in skincare routines, or enjoying a massage.
  14. Keep a gratitude journal to reflect on the simple joys of summer, from the warmth of the sun to the sound of birds chirping.
  15. Practice the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, by immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest.
  16. Schedule regular breaks throughout the day to step outside and soak up some vitamin D from the sun.
  17. Volunteer for outdoor conservation projects or community gardening initiatives to connect with nature and give back to your community.
  18. Experiment with slow travel by opting for scenic routes and stopping to explore small towns along the way.
  19. Host leisurely gatherings with friends and family, complete with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and plenty of laughter.
  20. Reflect on the beauty of the changing seasons and find joy in the simple pleasures of summer, whether it’s the taste of a juicy watermelon or the feeling of warm sand between your toes.

HELLO, YOU!

I am Kiran and I'm a Lifestyle Coach, Podcast Host, Vegetarian Nutritionist, NLP Master Practitioner, Author and an Interior Designer.

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