Living the “hygge” life

Hygge

Before I start, let’s get the pronunciation of this Danish word out of the way- Hue-guh.

Alrighty, so what is this? Simply put, this concept is about the feeling of warmth and togetherness/wellbeing.

Joe Pickard partly describes ‘hygge’ as: “…the art of building sanctuary and community, of paying attention to what makes us feel alive. A feeling of belonging to the moment and celebrating the everyday. It’s in the small rituals that comfort us, make us feel at home.” 

Let’s face it, most of us live stressful lives and we yearn for that ½ hour of nothingness by mindlessly stretching on the couch in front of the TV sipping on warm tea/coffee or wine. But what do you do if you come back to bawling kids, a messy apartment, or an uninspirational space? It is time my friend to delve into the concept of hygge.

Here are some ways you can apply hygge to your everyday life:

  1. Create a hygge space in your home/apartment. Create a spot where you can relax by yourself with a book or share a hearty meal with family or close friends. Create an inviting/cozy spot or arrange your whole house with comfy furniture, fluffy cushions, warm tones, and mood lighting, and most importantly light a few candles (it’s very hygge).
  2. Start off with quiet mornings. Get up a bit early and take time to slowly wake yourself up by sitting in front of any open window or on your balcony with a warm cup of coffee. Either silently take in the fresh air and surroundings, light a nice scented candle and listen to gentle music, or listen to your favorite podcast.
  3. Invite family or friends over for a meal. Spending time with our loved ones is a sure way of uplifting our mood and creating a sense of togetherness. It needn’t be an elaborate or stressful affair. Share a few pizzas or a simple meal where your guests can help out too. Remember, it’s all about having fun in each other’s company.
  4. Catch up over coffee. Have a small coffee session at your home or at a coffee shop with your partner or a friend. With no distractions like a TV, a one-to-one chat over steaming coffee is a great way to reconnect in a relaxed atmosphere.
  5. Indulge in a treat. Food is really everyone’s happy pill. Tuck into a warm pie or a decadent chocolate cake once in a while.
  6. Connect with nature. Take a break from technology and go for a nice long walk. Rejuvenate your mind by enjoying the calmness and beauty of the landscape.
  7. Start a gratitude journal. Relax in your hygee nook and spend some quite time jotting down happy thoughts and things you’re grateful for.

 

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