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Some folks seem to get that work-play-swim-life balance just right. Copenhagen chef, cookbook author, daily swimmer and father of four Mikkel Karstad is one of them. He explains how he keeps the different areas of his life working in harmony.

What kind of morning rituals do you have?

I swim in the sea every other morning. That’s where I clear my mind and find peace. It gives me energy and makes me feel free, healthy and alone (in a good way). I’m around many people at work and at home so it’s often very busy. It’s important for me to have time alone, even just a half hour a day. I start work early, so my family is asleep when I leave. When I get to work,

  • Words:
    Gail O’Hara
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann

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  • Words:
    Gail O’Hara
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann
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