I have been working with my personal brand “PT-Fia” for the past 10 years. It all started when I met a friend that said he would study to become a personal trainer the week after. It almost felt like a religious experience, I just knew I had to do the same thing.
A little more than a year later I started my own company, my schedule was fully booked at the gym and I was writing one of Sweden’s largest training blogs… and was recruited to Veckorevyn, a Swedish lifestyle and women’s magazine.
Before all this, I was a personal assistant both at home in Hedemora, a small town in Dalarna county in Sweden where I grew up and in Stockholm.
Today my days change a lot. I often take my bicycle to the office where my project lead Elin is already going through the inbox. The early part of the day could be used to write blog posts, edit photographs, and of course to create something to post on Instagram. I might do a phone interview and figure out which invitations and events I should say yes and no to. After lunch, I might take my bicycle to Acast to record an episode of my podcast Ofiltrerat (Unfiltered) with a guest and write another blog post. Then it is time to get to Kindergarten to pick up Edith.
Another day I might be a guest at SVT Morgonstudion (A morning show on the Swedish state-owned television channel), do a lecture at a company, photograph and or record video for a collaboration, do a lunch event plan the fall’s training group travel trip.
It happens that I feel stressed during everyday life, especially if I feel that I don’t have a good overview of things. But I handle stress in a completely new way now than before I was put on sick leave due to fatigue depression. I learned some really crucial things and I have changed a lot. I relax at home on the couch, or out in the woods on a long walk. And of course I try to relax with my daughter Edith which some times work out, and some times not so much as you can imagine.
And of course, working out is a large and important part of feeling good and sleeping well. My view is that everything is connected and that we need different things during different periods of our life. I definitely sleep better when I am active and move around a lot, but stress and how I feel about myself also affect my sleep.
In all this, I think it’s important to remember that training is not static. Sometimes we need to change our training routine because life demands it. If you are really stressed you might not need training that could increase the feeling of stress and pressure, you might instead get more out of something that demands much less, something gives you a sense of contrast to that stressful feel in your body.
If I can’t fall asleep at night I try to think about something that I really like, e.g. how I should decorate my home or something I am looking forward to. I probably should get out of bed and just do something else if I can’t fall asleep but I usually lie around way too long.
When I eventually wake up and it is Saturday morning, the best thing that could happen is that Edith puts her face really close to mine and says: Mom get up! Then we usually snuggle together in bed for a while, take a walk to the bakery and buy a croissant. Once we get home we prepare a big breakfast and sit at the kitchen table for a really long time. My sister and her boyfriend Liam might come by to say hi.
In August of 2019 Sofia published, Ten ways to a healthy life.
If there is one thing I think people should practice to make life work out better, it prioritizing! To learn how to prioritize, change your mind and change your plans based on how life changes is a super important skill. Sometimes life just doesn’t work out the way you expect it to, then you need to adopt a flexible mindset and change your plans, regardless if you had other plans that you put in your calendar three weeks before. Of course, you need to stay true to your commitments but you also need to listen to yourself and how you are feeling. Being stressed should never be normal. It needs to be an exception. A lot of people tell themselves that they are because they have a lot to do, but that might actually create stress that wasn’t there, to begin with.
What do you keep on your nightstand?
I just moved so I currently don’t have a nightstand but typically I have at least a glass of water and lots of books which I intend to leave. And softening cream for my feet!
Do you do social media in bed?
I try to not use social media in bed. But it happens sometimes if I get into a bad habit or when I don’t feel good about myself.
Where in the world where you haven’t been would you most like to spend a night?
On a mountain top in the alps. I have never made a trip like that but often fantasize about it. I want to hike, go skiing and everything there is so I probably need to go during different seasons to get the full experience.