Hygge was all the rage last year — that Danish art of living that celebrated coziness and warmth. Make a fire in the fireplace, wear wool socks, pray it snows and forget yourself. Well now there is Lagom (Lah-gom), said to mean “enough is as good as a feast” and another Scandinavian import that might be a great benefit to some of us. It is the Swedish concept of a balanced life and though you might just think it is more of the same, it is a bit of a departure from Hygge. Here are the top five ways you can incorporate Lagom into your life this winter.
Practice restraint, or better yet, practice doing away with unnecessary possessions and clutter in your life. If you can do this, you can make room for better things. Clean out your closets and give away unnecessary items to Goodwill. But even more, it is about balance, not austerity, in material goods and your manner.
Fika, which means taking time with loved ones, apparently also means enjoying a quiet moment in the day in which you can eat and drink something small and sweet. Sounds alright, no?
Unplug, since Lagom is about having enough, giving yourself time to just be in the world instead of trying to control it is key. Log out of your work email for the whole weekend. Turn off all devices an hour before bed.
Be well-rested and try to get a little extra sleep.
Move more, this does not mean you hit the gym more than ever, but that you incorporate movement and nature walks into your everyday life.
Lagom is about balance, but part of that is leaving space open for new possibilities. Try Lagom for a month and see how you feel.
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