Last winter I hopped on a plane to the beautiful city of Copenhagen, where I spent a week learning about the Danish concept of Hygge. Expecting it to be all about cozy-ing up by the fire with some hot cocoa and a good book, I was surprised to find out that Hygge-ing is actually more of a mindset and way of being. At it's core, it truly just means to live well, and I think we can all agree we're always looking for ways to do just that!
Here are a few ways you can implement Hygge into your daily winter routine:
Hygge is all about being in the present and focusing on the moment at hand. Trade in the phone (for a few hours...ok ok... 30 min) & TV for a book, arts & crafts project or even a walk/hike. Pass on the digital, for a moment of analog.
2. Good Lighting
It's proven that fluorescent lights are not good for the bod. Take a break from the harshness, and let natural light creep in, or set the mood with a lovely flickering candle.
Hygge is all about keeping the mood light & fun. Embrace silliness, belly laugh, or play a prank on your kids. The Danes are also known for leaving out relics that remind them of happy memories.
4. Warm Drinks
Ahhh... probably my favorite part of Hygge-ing - the yummy drinks! Whether it's coffee, tea or some spiked hot cocoa, a big part of this tradition involves getting after those warm & fuzzy beverages.
5. Surround Yourself with Cozy Things
Bring on the fuzzy socks, roaring fire, cushy couches and one of our monogrammed blanket scarves of course!
6. Take your Time
Hygge is all about slowing down - not just your body, but your mind too. Daydream, meditate, add a little sway back into your step... whatever it takes to tone it down a notch.
I know... I know...it's winter, no-one wants to leave the house. But make some time to connect with friends and fam. Game nights are a win-win and will probably tick most of the boxes on this list!
That's right. Bread and pastries are a part of Hygge-ing! Bring on the fresh baked croissants please!
It's too damn cold right now to enjoy nature outdoors, but who says you can't bring some inside! Pick a few plants off NASA's list of air-filtering plants, to help brighten your space.
Ahh... I don't think anyone has ever regretted reflecting on what they're grateful for. Set aside a few minutes each day ( I like to do it before bed) and write 3 things you're thankful for in that moment.