In a previous blog (May 2021) I wrote about Hygge (pronounced hooga), a Danish construct and practice of well being and happiness. Also mentioned was the Swedish construct for well being and happiness known as Lagom, or “just the right amount.” Recently, I learned about another such gem. People in Sweden and some other countries have a lovely custom to break up the workweek. It’s called lillördag, and it means little Saturday.
The custom started because historically, people who worked on farms or in homes as maids couldn’t take weekends off, so they had Wednesday evenings off instead.
These days, it’s a chance to take a midweek break and remind yourself there are only two more days before the weekend.
“You let yourself enjoy something. You can see people celebrating on social media. On Instagram, you’ll see a picture of a glass of Prosecco and some cheese, or ice cream, on Wednesday because people have a reason just to do it.”
Sweden has a national radio show that plays popular music on Wednesdays and a fairly big podcast that airs then. The music they play and the topics on the podcast connect to the mini-celebration.
Lillordag is a way to help stave off burn out and other life pressures that build up throughout the week. Seems to me a very cool practice to improve our health and well being. Hej då!*, weary Wednesdays!
*hej då! – Swedish for good bye. Pronounced hay do.