I Tried a Swedish Wellness Tradition Every Day For 1 Week, and It Stressed Me the F*ck Out
When I'm at work, I'm busy all day long. Like, really busy. So when I heard about the Swedish tradition of fika, I was enticed by the practice. What the hell is fika, you may ask? It's an afternoon coffee break, but not just any regular coffee break.
Yes, you have your hot beverage and often a baked good, but the meaning behind this break is more than what it appears to be. It's about unplugging from your electronics and taking a moment to unwind. It doesn't matter where you do it or if you're alone or with friends — what matters is that you make time to decompress. Maybe that's why it seems like so many people over in Sweden are chill and pleasant.
So I decided to have fika every single day for one workweek. I was curious to see if the extra break would make me feel more productive and refreshed. If we're being real, it didn't go how I expected at all. Read on to see what I ate and drank and how I felt during each of my fika breaks. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hate America — it's going to be a journey.