What we see and hear has more of an impact on us than I think we care to admit. If you’re looking to simplify your life and embrace healthy living, you need to make sure what you are watching and what you are listening to is conducive to that. Case in point, my favorite show used to be Mad Men. Everyone on the shows drinks and smokes and I loved watching it because it reinforced by habits of overdrinking and smoking.
I struggled for a long time to find something to replace it but there are three things I have found that really do the trick to get my head in the right place:
1) Apple Watch videos: The Apple Watch was created to help people live healthier lives and the videos for the products show people being active in an inspiring way. Here is a playlist of all the videos.
2) Kinfolk videos: Kinfolk is a simple living magazine that has amazing design and content. They have also produced a fair amount of videos that inspire you to slow down and live simply. You can check them out here.
3) Audiobooks: Whether you use Audible, the local library, or the iBooks store, you can get audiobooks by slow living advocates that will keep you going. Axis 360 is an app that is synced with local libraries so that you can get any of the library’s audiobooks downloaded right to your phone. Not all the books I want to read are on there but there are enough to keep me busy for a long time. I get most of my listening time in while I take my daily walks and on my commute to and from work.
4) Podcasts: The one I listen to religiously is called the Slow Home Podcast by Brooke McAlary. She has on guests who talk about everything from Zero Waste Living to decluttering to urban homesteading.