NANNA HYLDGAARD HANSEN (born1980) is a writer, speaker and journalist. She has been engaged with sustainability and ecology for most of her working life, most recently as head of communications in a green NGO.
Lev for det halve
4. april 2019
Louise Langhoff Koch
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Nanna Hyldgaard Hansen: Lev for det halve
"What is happening to me? My heart is pounding so hard, at night too. I went to the doctor for a check-up and he put me on sick leave. There was luckily nothing wrong with my heart, but there were lots of other problems. Yesterday I had to give up making supper because I just couldn’t cope. So we had toast."
For many people, the busiest time in their lives is when their children are young. This was also the case for Nanna Hyldgaard Hansen and her husband until – exhausted by stress one day – they decided to change their lives.
The idea is simple: Cut your consumption by half so you need only work half as much. All this, without moving to an island and becoming self-sufficient, without compromising on good basic materials or your children’s hobbies and spare-time interests.
In the course of a year, they clear out everything superfluous to their lives: clothes and other things get sold, and the money is invested in shares. They adapt rarely needing to buy anything new, finding alternative solutions. The sun-filled charter holidays in Greece are swapped for a house in Germany that gets just as much sun, but is much less of a burden on their bank account and the climate. Their unnecessarily stressed daily existence is transformed to a life where family, consumption and work are in equilibrium.
Their only regret a year later? That they didn’t make the decision sooner.