Work hard all day to pay the mortgage, buy nice clothes to fit in at the office and work even harder to buy even nicer things to impress people you don’t even like. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race, without even reflecting on why you needed all these things in the first place. Downshifting is all about simplifying your life in every aspect, to have more time to live.
How to make the change
Make a list of everything you buy on a regular basis and start to question how many of these things are necessary, and bring you joy. Can you simplify your living standards? Move to a smaller apartment in a cheaper area, move out to a simple house on the countryside or try co-housing? When you cut your living costs it might be possible to cut work hours, or even change your job to something that might not pay as much, but that feels more meaningful.
Why make the change?
Less consumption means that less resources are being used. And less work hours might mean less commuting to work, which also uses resources (if you’re not biking). Co-housing is a great way to save energy in a lot of ways.
Be a climate ninja
Move out to an eco-friendly cohouse on the countryside. Grow your own organic vegetables and become self sufficient on food and try to earn a living where you don’t have to travel that much.