Lagom is a Swedish way of living which roughly translates to “not too much, not too little”. It describes an amount that is “just right” and encourages balance.
Lagom takes only what is needed and places limits to make sure there's enough left for others. The balance that lagom promotes is applied to all aspects of life, this includes relationships as well as our external environment. This balance can be especially helpful during difficult times. It not only helps us get through the challenges but it utilizes the “broken openness” of those times to establish new habits. When your world is upside down, you have no choice but to create a new orientation. Remembering lagom in those moments can bring you closer to a life of fulfilling contentment.
There are no specific rules to this. You can develop your own daily habits to practice lagom.
What are some ways to incorporate lagom into your life?
- Balanced eating. Not too little, not too much.
- Taking breaks. Swedes have a traditional daily ritual called fika, which is a time for coffee & snacks with friends or colleagues.
- Cutting drama out of your life
- Practice work-life balance
- Releasing items you no longer need
- Exercising & Resting
- Giving & Receiving
- Appreciating & Enjoying Nature
The next time you think you need seconds, check your belly. If it tells you its full, maybe try a first in another area of life instead. Sunshine or rain on your skin, per chance? Sleep? Smile? Maybe even a short-lived frown will do you well?
“Everything in moderation.” -Socrates