Tip 6. Spend some time with someone you love

Book a half-day off work to spend entirely with someone you love.

The concepts behind downshifting are simple. The more money you spend, the more time you have to be out there earning it and the less time you get to spend with the ones you love. Once you've grasped unlimited potential of slowing things down a gear, you'll soon feel the benefits of spending 'proper' time with the important people in your life.

On your half-day off, you should indulge a special relationship; that doesn't mean go DIY shopping together either! Make up a few sandwiches and a flask and go for a nice walk. Enjoy the elements and each other's company and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place.