As the founder of the Scandinavian Health Institute in LA, I am passionate about bringing more from the Scandinavian lifestyle to the US. And I believe that there are simple things we all can do every day that will directly impact our sleep hygiene and our overall health.
Here are three things we Scandinavians do that you can do anywhere in the world starting today:
Scandinavians are known for a great work-life balance culture. Yes, there is a difference in work hours and vacation time, but it is more importantly related to how we view time off. We take it seriously. When we are off work, we are off work. What that means to you, can differ, just make sure to set boundaries. You can start with something as simple as limiting the times you check your work email or putting your phone on airplane mode for an hour. Just make sure that downtime is just that, downtime.
Year-round, regardless of weather, Scandinavians prioritize getting outside as we know it is directly linked to our physical and mental well-being. We call it friluftsliv (directly translated open-air living) and it is ingrained in us from an early age. Being in fresh air outside is the main focus. Even in larger cities, like Los Angeles, it is important to get outside, as our indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air. Getting natural sunlight will also naturally increase serotonin that will boost your mood. So make sure to get outside every day, to give your body fresh air and some vitamin D.
The Scandinavian culture is all about celebrating small everyday moments. And life is full of small moments that can bring enjoyment every single day. Like taking extra time to taste your food, truly enjoying the coffee we brew in the morning, or turning off all devices and cozying up under a blanket. Allow yourself to be present for these moments starting today!
Dr. Sebastian Kverneland DC is the founder of the Scandinavian Health Institute in Los Angeles. He works with patients all over the world to find and treat the root cause of pain related to neck, back, and migraines. Kverneland holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine. His work has been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart, MSN, and Real Simple.