the art of hygge.
Introducing hygge (pronounced hooga): the Danish concept that embodies all things cozy. The ultimate #SelfCareSunday theme. While there is no actual English word that directly translates hygge, it can be described as creating a warm atmosphere, embracing joy in simplicity, and spending time with good company. With the temperatures quickly dropping outside and the days getting shorter, now is the perfect time to bring some hygge into your life and beat the Winter blues.
With the festive season soon approaching, we get so caught up in the material aspect of things. Rather than getting sucked into the holiday hustle and bustle, take some time to appreciate what the holiday spirit is really all about. Break out your warmest socks, sweaters, and scarves. Cuddle up on the couch with the thickest blanket you can find, and dive into your favourite book. Turn on some relaxing tunes, and enjoy a slow morning. Write in your journal, set new goals for the upcoming year, reflect on what made 2016 beautiful for you.
Invite your closest friends and family over for a cozy night in. Serve steaming mugs of hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream and dashes of cinnamon. Temporarily abandon technology in favour of board/card games, good conversations, and endless laughter. Savour the experience of cooking a nourishing meal from scratch. Indulge in warming soups, stews, and oatmeal. Candle-lit dinners aren’t just for special occasions. Don’t skip dessert.
Decorate your space with fairy lights and lush greenery. Light up the dark evenings with candles and lots of them. Fill your apartment with the relaxing scents of lavender and patchouli. Soak your troubles away in a warm bubble bath. Clear your mind and take a walk in the great outdoors – bundle up in your comfy socks and scarves. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of your local conservation area. Visit your local Christmas market and gather around a crackling fire, mulled wine in hand. Whatever you decide to do, savour the experience and share it with you people you love!
How are you bringing hygge into your life this week?