While winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and relish being indoors away from the cold, wet and windy weather, spring and summer are now on the horizon. For many of us, the change in seasons is the ideal time to reinvent ourselves and make some lifestyle changes that will benefit us both mentally and physically. Consequently, Friluftsliv is one of the latest lifestyle trends that will help you do just that and centres on the idea of utilising nature to help you improve every aspect of your wellbeing. Naturally, here at Quality Unearthed, we love the concept and are sure you will too! Read on to discover more about the Friluftsliv lifestyle and how you can start living it!
What is Friluftsliv?
Pronounced ‘free-loofts-liv’, this unusual sounding term was coined by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and translates in English to ‘open-air living’. In other words, Friluftsliv is used to describe the positive impacts being immersed in nature can have on our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Unlike the hygge lifestyle, which is all about comfort and cosiness, those aspiring to a Friluftsliv way of life should seek to spend as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying the freedom and openness of the world in which we live. Across Scandinavia, the concept of Friluftsliv has been shaping cultures in countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway for almost a century, with brisk morning hikes, lunchtime community runs and afternoon bicycle rides all being part and parcel of the normal working day. Likewise, the laws in many Scandinavian countries permit people to move around freely in their spare time by walking or camping wherever they please, providing they respect their surroundings.
But, while the Scandinavians have got living the Friluftsliv lifestyle down to a T, you may be wondering how you can incorporate this nature-loving concept into your everyday life…
How to Use Friluftsliv
Like hygge, the beauty of Friluftsliv is that it’s an open-ended concept that can be used as much or as little as is needed. Consequently, whether you want to trial the benefits of spending more time in nature via a one-off experience or are wholly committed to living a fully-fledged Friluftsliv lifestyle, how you achieve this is entirely your choice.
While you may not realise it, many of the things that you do already may be considered Friluftsliv. For instance, going for a morning jog, cycling to work or taking the dog for a walk are all day-to-day activities that enable you to reap both the mental and physical benefits of spending time in the great outdoors, even if you don’t realise it!
However, if you’re looking to adopt a more conscious approach to the concept, there are several things you can do to increase the amount of Friluftsliv in your life. For instance, when you wake up in the mornings, try opening the window to allow fresh air to flow in and revitalise you before starting your day. Similarly, during your lunch break, instead of staying inside, why not take a stroll out and eat your lunch in a nearby park to soak up the sunshine and enjoy some open space before heading back to the office? Likewise, when it comes to the weekend, rather than spending your time glued to your phone or TV screen, embarking on a digital detox and venturing outdoors to try some more adventurous activities such as hiking, geocaching or even wild swimming is sure to benefit your mind, body and soul. Plus, these activities will help you fall in love with nature all over again!
Experience a Friluftsliv Holiday
For those looking for a short but sweet experience of the Friluftsliv lifestyle, a glamping holiday could be the perfect solution. Not only will a break away in one of our gorgeous abodes help you to disconnect from the mundaneness of everyday life and re-immerse yourself in nature, but it will also enable you to enjoy a more natural way of living, even if it’s only for a few days.
Wake up to the sound of birdsong as you peep out of your cabin window, dine al fresco with friends and family by to your safari tent or gaze up at the stars from the warming waters of your hot tub before snuggling up in your eco pod for a good night’s sleep. If this sounds like the perfect example of Friluftsliv living to you, why not start planning your glamping getaway with us here at Quality Unearthed today? Browse our Cotswolds, Wales, Devon glamping abodes and many more on our website now.