AUTHOR : HENRIKALM
Fighting Stress There has been a lot of talk about stress, especially work related stress. I never felt that it was something that I should concern myself with; I was working, doing things, coordinating, keeping everything running smoothly. However, sometimes in your life there are moments when the casual business becomes just too much. For already some days, I have felt that something is off and that I can’t handle everything I am supposed to, but today it hit me when I realized that I had crossed a crucial deadline. I was devastated. And the most devastating thing is that it might be irreversible. For the whole day, I tried to forget about it, I tried to work to take my mind off it but I couldn’t, not until my husband told me to sit down and just relax. He took me to our living room, sat me down on a big armchair and gave me a blanket. I was still skeptical and in a depressed mood. He lit up the fireplace, put some scented aroma oil in to the fire and brought me a cup of hot beverage. I sat there looking at the fireplace and with every fire flickering I felt better and better. There is something incredibly hypnotizing and soothing in fire. I never knew our tenyearold fireplace could give me such a peace of mind. I still remember the day I saw this beautiful Uunisepät fireplace in a magazine. I first thought that we would get it just because of its looks but after we contacted Uunisepät and were told about the engineering, how it would cut our electricity bill and bring about a wonderful atmosphere. And they truly were right about all of these things. Having sat in front of a fireplace for an hour or two, I was able to put everything in perspective. One learns from his/her mistakes and I wish I learned from this one. I have been blessed with many great things including the fireplace we got from Uunisepät. Without my husband having taken care of my stress by giving me exactly what I needed, I wouldn’t have dealt with all this in just one night.
Winding Down Everyone needs some winding down and relaxing at times. It is not always easy to read the signs of your body and mind and actually stop for a moment and take your time. However, it is good to wind down before you really burn down. There are several ways of recharging your batteries and getting the needed reboot. First, and unfortunately the most expensive one, is to go on a holiday. Scientists say that it takes two weeks for a human being to forget about work and start to enjoy the present. So if it is possible, most often not, take a threeweek holiday, or then just make an effort to forget about work and switch off all mobile devices. Just enjoy the sun or the snow without making any plans or schedules – live in the moment. Second, have at least one evening a week when you switch off your mobile phone and take your laptop into another room and just enjoy the present. Every Sunday I switch off all the mobile devices, make some nice snacks and mulled wine with all kinds of different spices, and go to the living room. In the living room I switch off the lights, put some candles, light the fireplace and make myself comfortable in front of the fireplace with a good book. I have to say that when I was getting the fireplace from Uunisepät, a Finnish fireplace company, I was getting it only because I had fallen in love with the design of Uunisepät’s fireplaces. It was so white and chic and fit perfectly my living room. However, when I talked with the experts at Uunisepät, I realized that a fireplace is so much more than just the looks; it heats the house, too. Third, enjoy the time with your loved ones to the maximum. Don’t take work calls or answer emails while you are spending quality time with them. Also, make an effort to come up with different events and ways to spend time together – it really does pay off. So, separate your work life and private life and live in the moment enjoying every second of the both worlds.
Quality Over Quantity – Or? Personally, I find it always difficult to decide whether to buy a cheaper version of something or go for the more expensive one, the one of quality. But is the price always equivalent to quality? Well, it is not so simple at all. Sometimes the higher price does not stand for quality but for a brand. In the end, how is it possible to know whether you are paying for brand or for quality? That is a question I often ponder on. I am more than ready to pay for quality if I know that the item will serve me years in good condition. I am the least interested in just a brand – in fact, I don’t have any respect for brands that cost a lot but which don’t deliver long lasting products. I have been especially disappointed with some clothing brands, and nowadays I stick to average brands in clothing. In the end, clothes last pretty much the same time and, thus, there is no point to pay more just for the brand. I have also noticed the same applies to some household items, such as toilet paper, tooth paste and coffee mugs. Where does the quality matter then? In many things actually. To start with the most common one, I would say you can notice the pricequality ratio in coffee. If you buy the cheapest coffee, it is seldom to have a strong taste. If you pay a bit more, the taste and the scent usually increase with the price. I never complain about the price when it is crucial to have something of quality and when the materials used in the item are important. And example of such would be a fireplace. When we decided upon installing a fireplace, we looked into several different options and did quite a lot of research. We found out how crucial the materials used in building a fireplace are and how a big role the engineering plays. Based on this we went to a dozen of fireplace companies. Surprisingly many of them did not use proper materials and they lacked in engineering. Luckily, we heard about a Finnish company Uunisepät that produces fireplaces with premium engineering and materials. Also, the design of fireplaces at Uunisepät was stylish and up to date. We soon understood that considering the mint engineering and materials, the pricequality ratio at Uunisepät was more than good. Know the things you are buying and make sure you do your market research before buying expensive things.
The Spring Season
The first warm sun rays are warming the ground and making everyone wait for the summer to come. The promise of warm weather, flowers and ice cream picnics is in the air. It seems that people are so much happier towards the summer time than they are in the winter. However, the mood is not the only thing that changes once the summer shows its signs. There are several things one must concern himself/herself in the spring. In our family, we have certain rituals that we must do in the spring before the summer comes. These include, for example, fixing the bikes, putting furniture on the terrace, planting new plants, washing the windows, putting the winter clothes away and so on. Everyone in our family has his or her own task, even the little ones because we think it is utterly important that everyone in the family feels needed. Despite all the tasks, there are also changes in our behavior. In the wintertime, we spend a lot of time at home, especially this has been the case this winter. The reason for this has been the fireplace that we acquired last winter from Uunisepät. The fireplace had become the central piece of our home, a place where everyone gathered to spend time. For me the Uunisepät fireplace was also a decorative element, and my husband can’t stop praising Uunisepät and their fireplace engineering because our heating costs had gone down by 30% percent. In fact, already two of our family friends have either replaced their old fireplaces with new ones from Uunisepät. Talking about word of mouth! With every day I can feel the summer approaching fast. It feels like everyone has more and more things to do: summer hobbies, SAT exams, making sure the car and the boat are ready for the summer season. I am sure that the summer will bring about some changes to our home and how we spend time together but I am absolutely sure that during the rainy days all of us will cuddle up in front of the fireplace to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with melted marshmallows. For more information, visit site : http://www.uunisepat.se