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This month, we're all about practicing the art of slow living. Summer is the perfect time to take a step back, slow down and spend some quiet time resting and reflecting. We asked our team of contributing writers to share their favorite way to slow down and savor life. We hope their answers give you a spark of encouragement and inspiration to  embrace slowness and rest in your own life this summer.

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"My favorite way to slow down and savor life is to sit down and enjoy a nice, long meal with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand. So many days are filled with quick meals and eating on the go that it's so relaxing to really savor a meal. I am constantly thinking about food as a dietitian so getting a meal at a great restaurant reminds me to enjoy life." -Raquel, Sincerely Nourished

  

Raquel Redmond, RD - Sincerely Nourished

  

"My favorite way to slow down and savor the moment is to have dedicated times without social media. As a blogger, I always feel like I could be doing more- uploading more posts and stories on Instagram, interacting with my audience more, pinning more inspiration on Pinterest, the list is literally never-ending. So when I have date nights with my boyfriend, I turn my phone on silent and put it away and really strive to be present and to enjoy our time together with no distractions." - Emily, Epicurean Emily

 

 

 

 

 

"My favorite way to slow down and savor life is to be present in nature. There is something soothing about the colors, the sounds of birds chirping and bees buzzing, the ocean waves rolling, the smells that are unique to where you are. Even if you don’t have nature at your backdoor, most big cities have walking trails." - Kayse, Kayse Blair

  

  

"My favorite way to slow down and savor life is to take a nature walk with my daughter and our cat, out in the beautiful forest near our home. Something about the quiet, the trees, the smells and sounds of raw earth and nature helps me let go of all my concerns and embrace the moment fully." -April, founder of Be Pure Beauty

   
"My favorite way to slow down and savor life is to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. It's easy to push little pleasures like reading for fun aside during a busy week with lots of things to check off my to-do list, but when I actually take the time to sit down and read something just for me, even for a few minutes, I feel so much calmer, clearer, and focused on the present." Traci, Choosing Better

  

 

Now it's your turn! Tell us - what's your favorite way to slow down and really savor life? Share with us in the comments below, and make it a point to take a break and actually do that thing for yourself today!