Fresh flowers at home is really the simplest way to get a little extra feel good in the middle of the week. It's really a luxury to take that time to go to the flower store after work and pick out the favorite of the week or go out in the forest and pick them myself. I've always been a fast moving person, multi-tasking and high achieving but nowadays I really enjoy these slow things and enjoy to read stories and blogs about people who has decided to live a more slow lifestyle. And it's really the main reason why I love hiking and spending more time in nature. There's no rush in nature.
I remember a few years ago when I worked in the counter at ICA there was this old man who walked incredibly slow through the store, and when he got to the checkout it was like he slowed down even more. In slow motion he bowed down to pick up item after item and cautiously placed them in a perfectly organized row in front of me. Back then I didn't understand what was going and I almost got frustrated. I remember someone told they heard he was doing it as a protest against the stress in today's society and the insane pace we've decided to do everything.
Today I think it's a pretty cool thing what he did. Maybe a little ridiculous to force other people into his ideas but I think it's a interesting the effect it had on me and all of my colleagues. We all got stressed. The therapist I went to last fall to manage some of the stress I have tried to tackle instructed me to do exactly what this elderly gentleman did. He said; Now, when you walk back to the office, turn off your phone and walk extra extra slowly back to the office. Notice every step you take, every person you pass and every breath you take. It works.
I enjoy walking fast or even jog a little to get to where I want as quick as possible, but sometimes I force myself to walk slow and take in the surroundings, especially when I walk home from work and it really works. Try it!