Importance of slow-living in the age of hustle culture
I am sure you have heard the millennial term ‘Hustle Harder’. The term doesn’t necessarily mean to over exhaust yourself just to achieve your goals but it’s likely that’s what ends up happening.
The Hustle Mindset is one where you are constantly working, moving, doing something to achieve your goals with rigorous effort. This tendency to stay busy all the time, prioritize your work above all else, sabotaging your mental health in the name of fierce competition, and recognition does have its consequences. Hustle Culture demands a fast paced work environment that doesn’t guarantee effective results, and does more harm than good.
While it’s thrilling to be on the go 24/7, yet a vacation or perhaps a much needed day off becomes imperative to one’s mental sanity. That’s where the importance of slow-living kicks in to remind you how a much needed break can actually become the first step towards living life at your own pace.
So, What is this Slow-Living?
The idea started with the Slow Food Movement founded by Carlo Petrini who perceived the mindless fast food consumption as a threat to native food traditions. However, today the concept has taken a forefront among people who have realised the finer and little joys of life are not in the modern fast paced world; that it’s vital to savor every moment, take measurable actions, and adopt clean and green practices.
Slow-living is a lifestyle where one chooses to slow down, consume less, and live life more consciously to attain maximum fulfillment.
Let’s look at the Importance of Slow-Living in the Age of Hustle Culture:
1. Taking a Step Back – The innate feeling of living life one day at a time has proven to be really rewarding. Taking a step back from the chaotic and exploitative hustle mode means taking a step towards prioritizing what truly gives you life satisfaction over chasing temporary pleasures.
2. Living Consciously – Conscious Consumption expects one to make mindful lifestyle choices that are sustainable, organic, holistic, and help one achieve an overall wellbeing. When you cut down your wants and simply focus on your needs, you will realise that there’s just enough we all require to survive and thrive.
3. Creating Real Impact – Studies show that people’s attention spans are constantly shrinking due to the tendency to get instant results. Procrastination and low energy levels have made us overestimate the real effectiveness of our everyday tasks. People are fighting against time today because of their inability to function from an optimum level. Tasks that need to be done within minutes take hours simply because we lack clear vision and framework for our goals. Thus, slow living helps you live a clutter free, clarity conscious, and effective lifestyle.
4. Saying No to Stress and Yes to Happiness – Slow living simply allows you to be content with your life. It removes psychological barriers of work pressure, competition, and toxicity, as it gives you freedom to live life on your own terms without compromising on your happiness and goals.
What suits you best, Hustle culture or Slow Living? Let us know in the comments.
Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi is the founder of Illuminations Well-being, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Wellness Coach, & Corporate Trainer. Illuminations, with 3 centers in the UAE and a formidable online presence, has touched the lives of more than 35000 people by helping them tap into their highest potential and become the best version of themselves. To know about our latest services, you can check our Events calendar, or connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Meetup.