How To Slow Things Down | 8 Things You Can Do ‘The Old Fashioned Way’

I couldn’t live without technology – and this is not something that I’m proud of. Throughout the day, I am constantly checking my phone, on my laptop, and doing things ‘the quicker way’. However, there’s something I find comforting about doing things ‘the old fashioned way’ – and although doing things this way may take a bit longer, we should all remember to slow down every once in a while and not let our lives be taken over by technology.

Here are 8 things you can do ‘the old fashioned way’.

1. Send a birthday greeting by actual post

We’re so used to sending off a quick text – or maybe an email – when it’s someone’s birthday, and although that’s an easy way of letting someone know that you were thinking of them, there’s something extra special about receiving a card through your letter box. It shows that the other person took the time to actually buy a card, write it out, buy a stamp and physically post it – which takes a lot more time and effort than shooting off a text, but it’s also so much more meaningful!

2. Write a handwritten letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while

Whenever I want to catch up with a friend I haven’t spoken to in a long time, the first thing I do is normally drop them a text or send them a Facebook message. After all, it’s an easy way of keeping in touch. However it’s such a shame that the art of letter writing is slowly dying. Next time you want to get in touch with someone, why not sit down to write a letter and let them know what’s been going on in your life?

3. Get a pen friend

My last ‘SEND SOMETHING BY POST’ related tip – I promise this isn’t sponsored by Royal Mail! – is to get a pen friend. Imagine making friends with someone from a different country, who you didn’t meet by following on Instagram or through a Facebook group! Someone that you could get to know through the means of sending and receiving letters. Apart from having something to look forward to receiving in the post, having a pen friend is a great way of slowing things down and taking some time to yourself away from technology. International Pen Friends is a club that I have used in the past and one that I would recommend.

4. Grab yourself a new paperback to read

I spend most of my day reading – but if you had to ask me how much time I spend reading an actual paperback, I’d be ashamed to say that I don’t dedicate anywhere near enough time to this! I’m constantly reading news articles, blogs, emails, social media posts and sometimes eBooks. Spending prolonged periods of time reading off a screen can cause eyestrain and headaches – so why not pop into your local bookshop, have a browse through what’s available and pick yourself up a new book? (THINK OF THE NEW BOOK SMELL, that’s enough to make me want to read more!)

5. Keep organised with a (written) journal

This is something that comes naturally to me, as I’ve always preferred keeping myself organised by writing things down using a pen and paper, and I’ve recently started using a bullet journal, which has changed my life! If you’re like me and like to keep on top of things by making lists, then doing so on a journal means that you won’t need to keep checking your phone/tablet/laptop every time you need to check up on your to-do list. Plus, it’s so much more satisfying ticking things off your to-do list with a massive hand drawn TICK!

6. Wear a watch

This one is so simple, yet wearing a watch is a great way of stopping you from having to look at your phone whenever you need to check what time it is (which then leads to quickly checking for updates on Instagram, Facebook, etc.). Apart from this, watches make a lovely addition to any outfit and there are so many gorgeous ones available at the moment. Check out some of my favourite watches in my previous posts.

7. Take photos with a real camera + print them off for a photo album!

I love that whenever I want to look at any photos from when I was really young, I have to physically look through a photo album, at all the printed photos that were taken of me. Going through tons of photos on a computer screen somehow doesn’t feel so special! Instead of relying on your phone for taking photos, why not invest in a compact camera (or an SLR if you really want to take things to the next level!) and next time you’re out, take some photos using your camera to print off and put in a photo album for you to enjoy in the years to come.

8. Bake a cake – from scratch!

With so many ready-made cakes available in supermarkets nowadays, it’s very tempting to go for the easy option rather than baking a cake from scratch. Of course, most ready-made cakes taste good enough – but there’s no denying that nothing beats a home-made treat! From the magic of watching a few raw ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter and eggs transform into the most delicious spongey cake, to the incredible smell that fills the whole house – baking a cake from scratch is a great way of spending some time away from all technology and being rewarded with something delicious at the end!