The Slow Home Podcast



We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-committed and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't need to.

There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. I'm one of them, and in The Slow Home Podcast I chat to others who have adopted a similar approach to life - slowing down, opting out, saying no.

Listen in to learn what makes people change, how life is different once you adopt a slower way of life, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

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40 Ways to Slow Your Holidays

Catherine Zaidova
Cue the jazzy Christmas tunes – it’s our final episode of the year! Welcome to the very festive, very fun, very crowd-sourced holiday special, where we share your tips for staying slow in the silly season (and throw in some of our own). Thank you so much to everyone who got in touch – we loved reading through your responses, and hearing all the different ways you not only cope with, but truly enjoy what can be a stressful time of year.

We’ve got more than 40 tips from listeners on how to bring a little more slow to your pretty much every area of your holidays, including:

  • holiday traditions
  • gifts
  • finances
  • food
  • time with family and friends
  • decorations
  • environmental impact

There’s so much goodness in here, and definitely something for everyone to consider for both this year and next. Whether it’s sipping a candy cane martini every Friday night like Steve (shoutout to Steve! Ben wants to be you when he grows up!) or getting organised with gifts, I hope you’ll find a little knowledge nug that resonates with you.

But if you’re already feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, I’d encourage you to step back from all the plans, all the to-dos and all the pressing engagements, just for a few minutes, and ask yourself what your priorities are for the holidays. How do you want the holidays to feel? What do you want to look back and remember after the rush is over? That’s a pretty great place to start from because it re-centres your attention on the things that are most important to you (and chances are they’re not really things at all, but people and time and connection and sharing a meal with people you love.)

And that’s a wrap (pun intended!)

Thank you so much for your support throughout this weird and wild and wonderful year, it means so much and is why we do what we do every day. Ben and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2019. We’re looking forward to more slow times ahead and will be back in your ears with our annual Summer Series, kicking off on Jan 3.

See you on the flip side fam! xx

PS. If you want to learn more about our new year-long, five-minutes-a-day slow experiment, head over here and check out 365 Days of Slow.

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