Fika is a Swedish tradition.
It’s not a revolutionary idea for the population of Sweden, it’s something that is part of everyday life.
You may have heard it mentioned a lot on social media or in blogs lately, it’s becoming more fashionable here in the UK, a bit like the Danish idea of “ Hygge”…
Fika revolves around the idea of meeting up over coffee, and is always accompanied by delicious cakes, beautiful pastries or other baked goods.
It’s basically a coffee and cake break – now, who doesn’t like the idea of that?!
Think feel-good, warming drinks, the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns and being surrounded by stylish Scandi settings – the Swedish answer to afternoon tea.
Fika is an excuse to take a break, slow down and enjoy a moment alone or with friends, preferably away from technology and everyday distractions.
You might enjoy some Fika at home or out at a café or bar. It might just take up ten minutes of your day, or an hour or two, depending on your plans.
Wherever and whenever you enjoy some of this Swedish tradition, take time to enjoy it… don’t just head somewhere for that perfect Instagram shot, actually put your phone away, people-watch and enjoy what’s (and who is) in front of you.
It’s the best medicine, this tradition has my name all over it, I love to do this once a week or so, just for me.
Ideally you’d enjoy Fika with a friend, it’s much nicer to connect with somebody and enjoy their company than to sit alone, but sometimes that can be just as relaxing.
Whilst in Stockholm last year, there were signs in candlelit coffee shop windows inviting me in to enjoy some Fika with warm, buttery cinnamon or saffron buns and quality strong coffee to go with it. With the snow falling outside and the warmth of the café allowing us to unwrap our chunky knitwear and relax in comfort, all we wanted to do is curl up and snooze in the window seats – truly my heaven!
All hail the almighty Swedish coffee break.
But this isn’t just any old coffee break. This is your chance to take a moment away from your busy life.
Make yourself a cup or pot of your favourite tea or coffee, add a delicious biscuit or sweet treat to your favourite plate or tea tray (perhaps even invite a friend to join you for constructive/positive conversation if you fancy) and enjoy a guilt-free slice of the day to sit and focus on you.
We are all guilty of being busy… no matter who asks you how you are, I bet your answer lately is “I’m so busy”…
Not news, we are ALL so busy in our lives.
But, I’m going to break it to you right here, right now… You are never too busy to stop and just switch off for a few moments. The world won’t end, your phone won’t implode if you’re not answering every Facebook notification right away…
Go on, I dare you… slow down, enjoy some Fika in your life just once or twice this week and watch what happens.
Put your phones down and physically connect with somebody today.
If you want to read more about my adventures in Sweden, then click here for my guide on things to do in Stockholm and click here for my review of my Airbnb apartment in Stockholm.
Do YOU enjoy Fika? Or is this a concept you don’t feel works for you?
I’d love to hear from you in a comment below, how do you slow down and relax?
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