My Slow(er) Living Challenge: Week 7

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Another week down and another week of my slow(er) living challenge completed! For week 7 my challenge was to slow my mornings down and spend a bit of time savouring the start of the day rather than jumping straight into work and life as soon as I open my eyes. I won't lie - this was definitely the most difficult challenge yet for me, and it taught me a lot about myself...

The Challenge

This week's challenge was to embrace slower mornings. You can usually find me reaching for my laptop at 6.30am, and most mornings I've written a blog post or fired off a couple of emails before I've even had my first cup of tea.

I know it's not always healthy to go from 0 to 60 without even giving myself time to wake up, so this week I challenged myself to slow down my mornings and ease into the day. I'd envisaged lazy mornings reading in bed, or starting my day with a walk along the canal, but it wasn't quite that simple...

Did I manage it?

Sort of. I'll get straight to the point and admit that I didn't manage a slow morning everyday - in fact, I reckon I only managed 3 days out of 7. The truth is, mornings are my most productive time - it's when my brain is most awake - and it felt very unnatural to me not to harness that and start cracking through my to do list.

I did manage a morning of reading on Wednesday, and while I was staying with my parents' at the weekend I started every day with a long walk which was lovely, but the rest of the week I found that trying to relax in the morning just made me stressed, which kind of defeats the point of this whole challenge!

What did I learn?

Failing at this challenge taught me that actually, I don't really want to adopt slower mornings! I love starting my day with a little burst of productivity, and I don't want to make myself feel guilty for that. Plus, as I'm way too tired after a long day at work to do anything other than sit on the sofa, mornings are my time to do things I love, like blogging and writing. I'm not prepared to give that time up!

That being said, I really did enjoy starting my day with a walk - the burst of fresh air was great for helping me to wake up, and it was nice to feel like I'd already done a bit of exercise before I sat down at my desk. I'd like to keep that up a couple of days a week during the lighter months, which is hopefully a good compromise for the days when I'm typing away at 6.30am.

What's next?

This week's challenge is all about embracing meditation. It's something I've dabbled in before but never really committed to, so this week I want to carve out some time to have a real stab at meditation practice. Hopefully it will help me to be more mindful and present.