If you were on the internet anytime during 2016 I’m betting you came across the phenomenon that is hygge. Hygge is a Danish word loosely defined as a warm, cozy atmosphere. However, it seems there may be a shift toward another Scandinavian concept, the Swedish term lagom.
Lagom is translated roughly as “not too little, not too much, just right.” Makes you think of Goldilocks and the three bears, right? I appreciate its connotation of moderation. While hygge may sound more fun with its piles of blankets, glasses of wine, and scented candles (and it certainly does have its place in our lives), I think that I can more readily get on board with this trend of lagom for everyday life especially as spring arrives. Here are 4 areas to practice lagom and improve your health and wellness.
The pursuit of more stuff can take over our time and our money if we are not careful. Clutter in our homes can negatively affect us as well. Buy less stuff. Budgeting will help you become more cognizant of where your money is going. And with all the money you save, you can buy better quality, ethically made items – or maybe even go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of.
Our society praises the idea of always being busy, and most of us jump on board scheduling every last minute of every single day. Take a look at your calendar and ensure that your time is being spent on activities that align with your values. And I recommend clearing out some time for yourself as well – self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary.
I believe that the two biggest factors in our health are nutrition and physical activity. Plan your meals ahead of time to ensure your diet is balanced, and make your own food as much as possible. However, don’t feel guilty about having a special treat every once in a while too. And build physical movement into your day in whatever way is most sustainable and enjoyable for you.
We are well into March now, and is anyone still thinking about their New Year’s resolutions? I suggest you choose just one or two goals for yourself. So much research has shown that multitasking is inefficient. Focus on one goal at a time, and create smaller, actionable steps that you will do to achieve it.
Remember there is a lot of grey area on the spectrum from abstinence to excess. What is right for one person won’t always fit with another. Find where you can sit most comfortably and happily.
What do you think of this concept? What are some other areas to practice lagom?
PS – Be on the lookout for my upcoming Facebook live series. I will be going through the Top 5 Things That Are Hurting Your Family Communication, and it’ll run from March 20-24th at 4:00 pm PST. Make sure you have liked and are following the Heartful Habits page so you can hang out.