17 Nov 5 Scandinavian Habits You Should Adopt
What are those Scandinavian cousins of yours doing differently in life? What habits do they have in life that you want to adopt? Do they have some secret sauce, some secret recipe that they use magic potion, perhaps or something else? Well, in this episode, I’m going to tell you the five Scandinavian habits that you should adopt in your life. These are very simple, ways to adapt to the Nordic life that makes your content.
1. Nordic Food
The home-cooked meals are done using homegrown products. Some people cook game because they go hunting or they would cook their fish as they have been fishing from the lakes or the sea. They might use berries or mushrooms they’ve been foraging from the forest. They might grow products on their own garden or veggie patch that they use.
I have Pinterest Board for Scandinavian Cooking and Scandinavian Baking which you can use to look for recipes for example. Home made buns, and baking in general is a big things that everyone learns to do.
2. Nordic Minimalism
You know how much I want to talk about this; less is more approach in life. “You can have less products that you need and all these things that we are accumulating our houses and cars and you just thrive by having less. Producing less waste, using less things, using less energy. Everything is less, less screen time for kids and yourself, reading more books, educating yourself, getting your kids to play, rather than being locked up in front of the telly.”
“Do I need all these things that I don’t use, and they’re just sitting in a corner gathering dust? Do I really need them? If not, well, get rid of them, put them on the marketplace on Facebook or sell them on eBay, Gumtree. Amazon, or recycle them, give it to someone who might have used for them.”
Think about your life in general that what is it that you really need to thrive in life. You will be surprised to realize and notice that is much less things that you think. Everything about life in the Nordic way is about practicalities. Making sure that you are thriving with what you have.
Being that ecofriendly person that you’ve been hoping to be. Use less products and ask yourself do I need all those skincare products that I have? Do you need all the cleaning products that you have? Do you need all those products that you have in your pantry cupboard? When replacing them should I look about more ecofriendly approach when you go and replace them?
“So making sure that you are sustainable in your Nordic life you can take the bus instead of your car. Take the train to if you have a car can you have a car that is more eco friendly option when you upgrading it? “
Cycle to that corner shop or walk to the corner shop, don’t take the car. Look at this from not just personal gain of getting healthy on exercise. But how good it is using less money on petrol, reducing carbon footprint at the same time?
Sustainability is just in part of the every day life and we don’t even think about it in Nordic countries because we recycle everything and anything. There are like four or five different recycling containers of that your things on. One for papers here, your cardboard here, your cans here, your glass here, and it’s all done without even thinking about it. It’s part of your everyday Nordic life and it can be part of your everyday life. If you really look into it. If you make a conscious choice to be more eco-friendly.
4. Creating comfortable home
“We love our home, we just love our home and that’s why we make it as comfortable as possible. Having practical, comfortable furniture is number one. Making it pleasing, making it visually appealing, making sure that you’re using all those comfortable colors like whites and pale grays and little black and little pastel colours here.
Making sure that you use textures that are soothing and comfortable. So comfortable house, home, space apartment, whatever you want to call it says make sure that it really brings it together for you that this is a place where I can be comfortable, and this is where I can be productive. This is where I can be energized. This is where I can relax.”
5. Loving Yourself- Being Hygge
Swedes call it the Fika having cup of coffee and a cake. That’s all about being loving towards yourself, using natural products on yourself on your skin on your hair, being kind to yourself and finding that time to enjoy what you doing.
“Family is a centerpiece of the scandi culture. Having family time, whether it’s your grandparents, your parents with your kids, and using it really to enjoy that moment and connecting with each other and disconnecting the digital world out of the reach.
“Just enjoying that moment and having a cup of tea, cup of coffee, having some candles, having some music and just being comfortable with yourself. These small things really matter, perhaps even more than the bigger things. Taking the time of being comfortable for where you are in life, and remembering that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be in life. I know that sometimes we are so busy and we just start planning a bit too much and we forget to take the time to enjoy life.”
Take small steps and you will gain momentum and just start changing one thing at a time. Don’t try to do all these changes at the same time. You will no get anything done and nothing changes, but just take one thing to change and you will notice a difference in yourself and in your life.
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