Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock

Waking up in the early hours when you know a busy commute and a long day awaits you can be tough, especially in the winter months. I often find it hard to pull myself out from under my warm, cosy duvet to brace the cold that lies beyond – even if that chill only lasts a few seconds before I reach my dressing gown! Well, that’s where the Lumie Bodyclock comes in, helping you to wake up happy and ready to start your day…

It’s essentially a light alarm clock, waking you with a gradually brightening lamp and alarm sound if you like. You can set the light to come on either 20, 30 or 45 minutes before you want to wake up and there are various alarm tones to choose from. Continue reading “Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock”

Finding Fika in Stockholm

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Sweden is renowned for fika, so when we ventured to Stockholm Ollie and I were on the look out for the best cafes to grab a great coffee and sweet treat.

In the 2017 World Happiness Report released this week Sweden ranked 9th place, and we think it’s got to have something to do with this delicious tradition. In fact, a number of studies have linked fika breaks to both the high satisfaction and productivity rates in Sweden (BBC, 2016; Virgin, 2017). Alex Pentland, a computer scientist, monitored the impact of scheduling regular all-staff coffee breaks. He found that staff productivity increased by 10-15% and satisfaction by up to 10%. The main reason was the connection the employees built with one another whilst discussing non-work related topics in a flat, non-hierarchical environment (2017).

We certainly enjoyed exploring Stockholm’s best coffee shops, and the caffeine definitely helped to fuel our long days spent exploring the city. So whether you’re looking for a fika break to enhance your productivity at work, or simply a spot to rest and refuel whilst exploring the city, here’s a round up of our favourite places to enjoy a hot drink and a baked good… Continue reading “Finding Fika in Stockholm”