Working life can seem very stressful at times, from my perspective anyway, but it made me wonder if that’s because of the type of career I chose, the culture of the country I live in or if it’s just me and I am a person who would always feel that way. I have settled on it being because I work in law as the stakes are usually fairly high and to a certain extent it is a serious profession. However, whilst thinking about this I started reading into Swedish culture and lifestyle to see if I could incorporate some of their ways of life into mine.
The Swedes and other Nordic nations appreciate the beauty and balance found in “fika”. This is a cultural concept of taking time to put everything on hold for a moment, clear your head and enjoy coffee (or tea if you prefer). The book I am currently reading on the subject explains that;
“fika is the philosophy of taking time to enjoy every moment of every day indulgence”
This made me consider how to incorporate a little fika into my working week and I realised for me it meant leaving my desk. My fika is walking to the office restaurant with a colleague to get a coffee or catching up away from my desk. It could only be a few minutes some days but it is a great way to put a little balance into your working day.
If you are interested, the book I am reading is:
You can buy the hardback version by clicking on the image or alternatively you can buy the e-book here.
Make sure you leave your comments below and share what your “fika” time is and whether you think it works and does provide a bit of relaxation!