With cold autumn nights approaching and stricter restrictions recently having been put in place, we're taking the lead from our Danish neighbours to combat the winter blues with Hygge.
So what is Hygge?
The Danes have created a way of life called Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) to boost wellbeing by creating a calm feeling of warmth, cosiness and contentment through enjoying the simple things in life.
According to various studies, the Danish are among the happiest people on the planet and it is believed that embracing the Hygge way of life is a big part of that. It has been described as the 'Danish art of happiness', which sounds like something worth giving a try.
Here's some ways you can bring the Hygge concept into your life.
We're spending so much time at home, the least we can do is make the most of it.
- Surround yourself with things you love
- Add some blankets, cushions and soft furnishing to add to the cosy vibe
- Use warm low lighting with candles and fairy lights
- Use comforting scented candles and wax melts
- Your wardrobe should include comfy lounge wear, soft knits and cosy thick socks
- Enjoy some baked goods like warm bread, cookies, cinnamon buns or ginger loaf
- Time to get into homemade soups
- Toast marshmallows for smores
- Take time over a nice cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine
In the moment
- Slow down and live in the moment
- Spending time with family may be more difficult with restrictions but it's important to stay connected – try calling, facetime or Zoom
- Set a time every week for a digital detox
- Relax by reading a book, doing a puzzle, listening to music or trying your hand a writing
- Grab some blankets and popcorn and watch a movie or fun TV show
At one with nature
- Enjoy the daylight when you can by spending time outdoors. Wrap up and go for a nice crisp afternoon walk or a sunset stroll
- Bring the outside in with plants and fresh or dried flowers
- Gather up some pinecones and sprinkle them around
- Add some natural elements or botanical themed prints to your home
Doing any or all of these things could be enough to see you give yourself a Hygge. Taking a little time to enjoy them and other small things in life could put a smile on all of our faces – and at the very least you'll be a more cosy and comfortable in the process!