Over the last year or so you may have seen this strange Danish word knocking around online and in books. You would be forgiven for expecting it to be a new piece of must have furniture from a designer brand or just a mash of keys pressed in anger. In fact it is neither, and actually something quite lovely, for Hygge means simply to be cosy.
Hygge is a lifestyle choice and one which I have been absent mindedley doing for many a year. It is the art of making yourself a comfortable, cosy, sanctuary in which you live in the moment and practice mindfulness. On the surface it is fairy lights and candles, cushions and throws, but it can be much more than that. Really, hygge is an introverts dream!
Looking at your home is the best place to start. Making your house a home and adding those special touches that will bring areas of the home together and making it somewhere that you enjoy spending time. It’s not about clear surfaces, about streamlining interiors for minimal effect, it’s about warmth, relaxation and enjoying being in your bubble.
There are plenty of ways to make your home more hygge friendly. Fresh flowers, feather cushions, a box of blankets or throws that are handy to grab on a chilly evening. Warm lighting and not harsh white lights make a big difference too which is why fairy lights are so popular. A browse through pinterest will show you so many ideas and it just takes a couple of small changes to make things feel that bit more hygge.
You have your sanctuary that you can relax in, now it’s time to undertake some hygge practice on you. Many people would choose to do this in an evening or weekend, but if you are lucky, you may work from home and can hygge it up whenever you like. Looking after yoused and being mindful is the best starting point. If you are feeling anything but peace, the hygge environment you are creating will take longer to work. Start with a hot bath, choose some relaxing music and some bath oils. Once you are finished, comfy clothes, slippers or fluffy socks, hair in a messy bun. Be yourself and enjoy it. There is no need for make up or anything fancy.
Once that’s done we are talking hot drinks, a book or movie or even some time spent journaling. Use this time to be one with yourself and enjoy the moment. Take no notice of the normal day to day stresses and be thankful for your surroundings. Breathe it all in and let go of negativity.
For me, there are a number of things which give me that hygge feeling
- Fluffy blankets
- Feather pillows
- Wood burning stove
- Warm white fairy lights
- Essential oil diffuser
- Pots of tea, especially chai tea at the moment
- Comfort food
- My bullet journal
- My cats
- Fingerless gloves
- My 2017 play list on Deezer
- A day spent reading a good book
Do you hygge? I would love to hear your thoughts and tips. Please share them below or on my Facebook page.