Have you heard of Hygge? I hadn’t until very recently, but it is a Danish concept that is all about embracing coziness. The Danes have been consistently ranked as the happiest people in the world. So Hygge may very well be the secret to happiness.
After doing a little research on Hygge, I believe it is about more than just coziness. It is about being kind and gentle with yourself and taking time to really soak in life’s simple pleasures.
There are many benefits associated with embracing hygge, including reduced stress, increased happiness, better mood, and stronger bonds with others. And as winter draws near, it is the perfect time to add a little more coziness to my days.
If this sounds like it’s up your alley and you would like a some inspiration, I would love it if you would follow me on Instagram (@mamafindsherway). I will be posting a daily dose of hygge and giving you a peek behind the curtain.
Here are some of the ways that I intend to hygge this month:
Light Some Candles
Candles are one of the most important elements of hygge. If you have been following my Year Of Joyfulness journey, then you know I have been waking up early. I don’t like any unnatural lighting in the morning, so I often just walk around in the dark. I even shower in the dark (I know, I’m weird). But now I plan on lighting a non-toxic candle for myself during my shower. The lighting is gentle enough so that it doesn’t bother me and it will provide some hygge first thing in the morning.
Savor A Hot Beverage
Oh how I love my coffee! I already spend some time each morning to really enjoy a hot cup of coffee. Now that the colder weather is coming in, it is nice to enjoy a hot herbal tea in the afternoon as well. I’m sticking with herbal so that I don’t overdo it on caffeine. This Spearmint Tea is my favorite!
This time of year, I really crave a hot lunch. Salad just doesn’t do it for me when it’s cold out. But soup, that really makes me happy. It doesn’t get much cozier than a steaming hot bowl of soup on a cold afternoon.
I definitely plan on making some comfort food dinners this month. Things like meatloaf, mac n cheese, and shepherd’s pie. Part of hygge is sticking with fresh, seasonal food and avoiding overly processed junk. So making real food versions of these from scratch is the way to go.
Hygge is all about enjoying some indulgences, especially homemade treats. I do enjoy treats now, but there has always been a little bit of guilt that came along with eating it. As part of being gentle with myself, I am going to truly savor these indulgences and be okay with it.
I have recently gotten back into yoga after a long hiatus. I had forgotten how much I love it and how good it makes me feel. It’s a truly hygge way to get some exercise in.
I love wrapping up in a warm blanket on a chilly night. Especially if I’m snuggling with my hubby and watching a movie after the kids are in bed.
Taking Time For Things I Love
As a mom, there is never enough time in the day, and often the things we love to do are the first things to get pushed out. For my month of hygge, I am going to make more time to do the things I love. How will I do this, you ask? By prioritizing. Think about the things that truly matter to you and make time for those things. Schedule them into your planner or calendar, set a reminder on your phone, whatever it takes, make the time.
I am very much looking forward to this month’s habit. Just thinking about the coziness puts me in a better mood. What are some of the ways you want to incorporate more Hygge into your day?
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