We hope you and your loved ones are safe and sound. Right now, these words have more meaning than ever.
The coronavirus news is on everyone's lips, and we wanted to give you an update on how things look for our partners and for us right now. Like everyone at this time, we feel a responsibility to continue to monitor and respond to the rapidly-evolving situation. Presumably, this has brought several schedule changes and event cancellations, and it is unclear how long this all will last. Despite the unusual and unique times, we are trying to continue working as normally as we can. Given these exceptional conditions, we feel it helps to anchor ourselves in usual routines, our work, and to focus on what is good.
As you know, we manufacture our clothing in a partnership with a small company named Kamilla. We have been in contact with the Kamilla ladies, and they are luckily all healthy and try to continue working as normally as they can as well. They already see some reductions in clothing orders so the future looks insecure for them, too. They also informed us that the Italian fabric manufacturers are going to close their factories for at least two weeks..
We continue providing you with the best support possible and we kindly ask you to continue supporting small businesses, like us, during this difficult time. Many small physical businesses are now in trouble. If there is something you can do to help them, please do it. It might save someone's livelihood. Can you buy a gift card or two? Maybe you don't freeze your gym membership. Can you pick-up food or order home delivery from your favourite restaurant? Can you support online training courses and workshops?
We’ll see how this will affect online businesses. As long as Kamilla, our warehouse, and our online store go on, Népra can keep going and we can keep the business going. We are still a small company that just reached a huge milestone, but also took a risk, and hired our first employee. Even though we are very excited about this, and for now, things haven’t changed too much, we can't be sure it stays like this (nobody can). So, let’s not forget to support our favourite online stores either. Check out the list of ethical businesses online on Speak Of The Frog.
Now it’s time to pull together and connect emotionally despite the physical distance.
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. You can reach us via email or on Instagram.
Burnout, exhaustion, overload, you probably know it and can name it. In Finland, we have a saying that "a dear child has many names" but this child, despite its many names, is not really dear. Exhaustion is rarely a matter of "just tiredness", but often also involves physical and/or mental symptoms, such as pain, aches, sleep difficulties, impaired memory and concentration and, for example, depression or anxiety symptoms. I myself have experience with the whole spectrum.
Guest blog written by Noora Huotari from Népra Crew
Wake up, do your morning routines, bike to work, work, bike back home, do your daily chores, workout, shower, cook food, walk the dog, do your bed time routines and go to bed and sleep. And repeat same things every weekday. To many, this may sound exhausting and boring, but at least for me, routines are a big part of coping in everyday life.
Népra is an activewear brand that does good. We think charity work is part of a sustainable business and doing good is in Népra’s DNA. This year, we will continue to work with the John Nurminen Foundation to help protect the Baltic Sea. For every product sold online, we donate 50 cents to charity. Read more on the Speak Of The Frog Népra blog.