In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.
Hygge is something that’s become really popular over the past year, mainly because it makes you feel really good so I wanted to, finally, discuss it on here. Without knowing it, I’ve had a love for all things hygge since I can remember so I’m glad it’s become popular now.
I’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to add more hygge into your life, I will be doing all of these things in the hopes it’ll make a positive, happy impact on my life.
- Replace your phone/ tablet/ tv etc. with a book. My boyfriend mentioned to me the other day that I’ve been spending increasingly more time staring at my phone lately so that’s prompted me to stop spending so much time using technology and spend more of my free time with a book in my hands. When you think about it, it’s really not a good trait to be obsessed with your phone and I really don’t want to be one of those people who are constantly on social media rather than spending their time productively. When my boyfriend took me away to the Lake District for my birthday, I barely even remembered I had a phone and it was perfect so that’s what I’m aiming for in my everyday life.
- Make use of candles. I LOVE candles, I find them comforting, relaxing and and they smell amazing! I’ve heard a theory that if you burn lavender candles before you go to bed it’ll help you drift off to sleep easier and if you burn coffee scented candles first thing in the morning it’ll help you wake up so I’m going to give it a go for myself. I have definitely notice a difference from burning candles in the evening just because it puts you in a relaxed, calm state of mind which is perfect for just before you go to sleep.
- Create lots of textures around you. I’m a lover of big fluffy blankets so I’m going to invest in some new blankets & pillows for my bedroom to make it a cozier environment as well as add some texture variety. You can also do this with your clothing if you use different texture for different layers (scarves are especially good for this!)
- Cook yourself some warm, hearty meals. This is where your food prep comes in handy, you could cook a great big lasagna on a sunday evening and be eating it all week if you wanted to! I personally love ‘winter foods’ such as pies and soups so this is a great one for me but if you aren’t then you could cook things like pasta (spaghetti bolognese, pasta bake, carbonara etc.) as well as roast dinners. Aside from the pure yumminess, cooking hearty meals is also really good for you mentally because you’re likely to be eating lots of vegetables in your meals as well as the ast of cooking it each evening rather than getting stuck on the sofa from 7-10pm which isn’t ideal.
- Spend quality time with your friends/ family. Whether it be having a movie night, going for a walk, catching up over coffee or just having a little chat, spending time with your loved ones is really important so pick up that phone and make some plans!
I’ve been fascinated by the concept of Hygge ever since I first heard of it so I’m really glad I’ve finally gotten around to making plans to implement it into my life. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments, do you think it’s just a fad or do you like the idea of the whole lifestyle?