If you pay close attention to the self-help and self-care industries, you’ve probably come across the term “hygge” once or twice. In fact, it’s becoming hard to avoid it, even if you don’t follow these industries. The biggest question that I had when I first saw this term was, what is Hygge and how does it relate to self-care?
Hygge is all about taking better care of yourself and creating a cozy, relaxing environment. It should bring you more joy and comfort, without having too many rules about what this environment needs to have. There is a lot of flexibility with it, but it has a lot of benefits for self-care.
In Denmark, the people enjoy a hygge lifestyle that involves creating a moment of coziness, especially in the wintertime when it’s cold. Denmark has long and cold winters, but the residents want to spend a lot of time with their relatives and friends, so everyone tries to have enjoyable hygge moments that will create a feeling of warmth.
You don’t need to be from Denmark to want hygge moments, and with these winter self-care tips, you can also feel cozier during a snowstorm!
What is Hygge?
Hygge, which is pronounced by some as “hue-gah” and by others as “hoo-gah”, is a Danish word that can be translated to the word “cozy”. However, Hygge is something that is more of a feeling than it is a word. As a lifestyle or a practice, Hygge is an extension of this description.
Hygge is a Scandinavian way of life that encourages people to find peace and happiness in the everyday world around them. Whatever makes you feel cozy, happy, and at home is Hygge. Whenever you experience a moment that makes you appreciate life and the people around you, that is Hygge.
Basically, Hygge is about appreciating what you have, enjoying the company of those around you, and embracing each moment with open arms. By practicing hygge, you are really trying to relax, reduce stress, and care for yourself. Hygge can be done with others, but for self-care purposes, think of ways to make this work for you as a way to spend more time on your own mental and emotional wellness.
Benefits of Hygge
There are several benefits of embracing Hygge as a way of life. This allows you to understand why you should try practicing hygge as part of your self-care routine. The following benefits show the wide range of advantages of getting more involved with hygge, especially incorporating it into your life on a regular basis. Here is a look at some of the top benefits:
- It will help you become more mindful.
- It will help you learn how to care for yourself properly.
- It will help you discover happiness in solitude.
- It will help you realize that less is more.
- It will help you observe and change areas of your life that make you unhappy.
How to incorporate more Hygge in your life
There are no special steps or guidelines that people need to take in order to incorporate Hygge into their lives. All you have to do to practice and experience Hygge is to look out for and to pursue pleasurable moments. Remember, these moments do not always have to be spectacular in order to be enjoyable. Pleasure and coziness can be found in even the most mundane of moments.
For those of you reading this who may still be struggling with this concept, here are some popular ways in which you can make Hygge a part of your life:
Have candlelight in your home // If you live in Denmark, then you will rarely find scented candles on display in a home, but you will find unscented lit candles instead. Most Danish people have a lot of plain white candles throughout a home, and they light the candles to create a cozy ambiance. The unscented candles are lit throughout the day and are in every room of a home. There’s nothing wrong with scented candles either, though! Placing candles throughout your home can definitely help create a really cozy atmosphere.
Cook your favorite comfort foods // In the winter, you can overcome the feeling of darkness by cooking your favorite comfort foods. You might want to have a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese, or you might prefer mashed potatoes with fried chicken. To increase the feelings of coziness, you might want to invite your family or friends to your home to enjoy a potluck buffet of comfort foods. You can also have a cooking party to learn how to prepare the most popular comfort foods from Denmark.
Create numerous cozy moments in the winter // Additional cozy moments in the winter can include relaxing in front of the fireplace while listening to music, cuddling up in bed with a good book, or taking a warm bubble bath. Try to create as many cozy moments as you can.
Create a cozy place for Hygge // Create a cozy place where you can do simple things such as enjoy a cup of coffee, read, or watch a sunset. This place can be as luxurious or as simple as you want. It is completely up to you! Some people recommend that you decorate these nooks with soft blankets and other soft furniture to make the areas feel even more cozy and comfortable. You may also want to station this area close to a window where you will be able to look outside and enjoy the world.
Don’t always do it alone // Invite your closest friends and family over to your home to enjoy a nice, homemade dinner. Comfort foods such as baked goods are especially great for this occasion. Nothing is better than enjoying an amazing meal with the people that you love. This is what Hygge is all about after all.
Express gratitude // You can better experience Hygge when you have an attitude of gratitude. Every day, you can write down 3-10 things that you are grateful for in your life. As you become more mindful of the things you are grateful for, you become more aware of the small, joyful moments every day. You’ll also be able to identify the good in the worst of situations. Try it out and see what difference it makes in your life.
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Find a hobby you enjoy // Seek out a new hobby that makes you feel happy. There are so many hobbies out there and you are bound to find one you enjoy. Some examples of hobbies may include crocheting, singing, writing, cooking, painting, gardening, and photography. Whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure that you feel Hygge every time you start doing your hobby.
Make new friends // Build new relationships by going out to public places where you will see new people. Or use a website like Meetup, where you can find people who share common interests. Hygge places a great amount of emphasis on togetherness. This doesn’t mean that you have to make friends to do this. Simply being in the company of other people is enough.
Make free time for yourself // Enjoy some free time where you can lounge around and do things that you enjoy. Small comforts make a big difference when practicing Hygge. If you are able to do so, take a break from your busy schedule to cuddle up, grab a bowl of popcorn, and watch a good movie. Remember, this is only a suggestion. Whatever it is that makes you comfortable and happy is what you should engage in.
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Start a new morning routine // Create a morning, afternoon, or evening routine. These rituals could be a time where you do something simple like brewing a cup of tea, meditating, and taking time to practice your spirituality or religion. These rituals will really help you to get into a mindful, joyful mood.
Would you like to incorporate more Hygge in your life? If so, how would you like to do it? Leave a comment and let me know!