How To Hygge Your Life
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How To Hygge Your Life?
Hygge is a Scandinavian way of life that spreads warmth and calm. It celebrates health and happiness and can be accomplished in other ways besides just decor. Here are some ways that you can incorporate hygge into your lifestyle:
- Surround yourself with friends and family
- Don’t stress
- Enjoy the simple pleasures
- Barbeque outside
- Be present and thankful
- Stay an extra hour in bed
- Reuse and recycle
- Take up a new hobby
- Appreciate your surroundings
- Enjoy a good book
1. SET THE TABLE.
Time with family or friends, especially while sharing a great meal in a relaxed environment is essential to the hygge philosophy, so you’ll need a great dining room table. Danes love a great wooden table and hand-crafted chairs, but any dining room set will do—the important part is spending mealtimes together, says Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly
Think less formal sit-down dinner party and more a get-together over a good bottle of wine, accompanied by hearty comfort food and homemade bakes served in rustic earthenware.
“Getting together with family and friends over a hearty meal is at the heart of hygge”
2. Avoid multi-tasking.
Hygge is all about savoring, which means multi-tasking is a no-no. If you find yourself reaching for your phone to check emails while you watch a movie, turn off the phone.
Or if you keep checking out of conversations with your roommate to wash dishes, embrace the time with your roommate and try to steer the conversation towards a topic that the both of you find interesting.
You should focus solely on enjoying your leisure, and don’t feel bad about it. You’re allowed to just read a magazine or just catch up on your favorite TV series. That’s a major part of hygge’s appeal.
3. Remove stressors.
Hygge is supposed to improve your well-being, so anything that makes you feel stressed or sad is not allowed. The Year of Living Danishly author, Helen Russell, believes the best description of hygge is “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming.”
So the more you can eliminate (or at least temporarily minimize) your stressors during hygge time, the happier you’ll be.
4. Eat well.
The whole hygge lifestyle is sometimes described as “healthy hedonism.” And what’s healthy hedonism without some fine food and drink?
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5. KEEP THE HOT DRINKS COMING.
What makes a drink Hyggelig? Is there such a thing as a Hygge drink?
I would say definitely there is. A hygge drink is not a green smoothie at your desk. It’s not a freezing cold coke on an icy winter day. A Hygge drink is something indulgent & comforting. It should be savoured & appreciated & make you feel good. Hot chocolate on a snowy afternoon, a cup of tea with a slice of cake or a strong coffee to get you going in the morning.
You will notice it’s not just the drink which makes it hyggelig but the surroundings & circumstances too. Hygge is about enjoying the everyday. A mug of hot chocolate is Hygge but if you’re drinking it after a couple of hours out in the snow then it is even more hyggelig. The cold makes you appreciate the cosy mug of soothing chocolate even more. That is Hygge, main the everyday special & appreciating the small things.
6. Ride your bike.
Denmark loves its bicycles.
Copenhagen has nearly 250 miles of bike lanes to prove it! And apparently, bikes are yet another part of hygge.
So take your bicycle out for a ride. As long as you’re adequately bundled up and the streets are clear, there’s no reason why winter should get in the way of your pedaling.
7. Wear comfortable clothing.
Hygge promises constant comfort. And if you expect to be comfy 24/7, you’ll need to dress for the part. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear dowdy sweats all winter long.
8. Bring in the Books.
Taking a break with a good book is one of the mainstays of hygge, especially in winter when people are cooped up inside. So why not fill a shelf with gorgeous books?! Or even a whole room! We can all agree that they have a special way of making a space feel more welcoming and lived in… a simple addition that is very hyggelig.
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (The Happiness Institute Series) - Meik Wiking
- Hygge: Unlock the Danish Art of Coziness and Happiness - Barbara Hayden
- The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection - Louisa Thomsen Brits
9. Create The Nook.
Every hygge home needs that perfect place to curl up with a blanket and relax. Danes refer to this as their hyggekrog… their nook. It’s a space where they can be at peace and feel safe, read a book and have a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Layer pillows and throws to make your nook the epitome of hyggelig, and try to disconnect from the noise of everyday.
10. Stay in bed.
There’s nothing better, or more luxurious, than spending an extra hour or two in bed. Luckily, hygge encourages this concept, whether it’s enjoying a Sunday doze, reading the morning paper, or having breakfast in bed. Create a cosy space to snuggle up in with plenty of layers – pile on the quilts, blankets and pillows for an indulgent place to relax.
11. HEAD TO THE TUB.
“Not many people think about the bathroom when they’re making their home cozier, but think about making a more relaxing environment for the next time you take a soothing bath,” Tanner says. You can do this by lighting a few candles and integrating essential oils and bath products with relaxing scents into your routine. Big, fluffy towels and a quality bathmat are also great additions.