Are those long cold, dark nights really starting to get to you? Do you just want to wrap up warm and avoid the world right now?
If you answered yes, then you need a bit more hygge in your life!
What Is Hygge?
Hygge is a Danish word and literally translates to ‘fun,’ but the Cambridge English Dictionary takes that further by describing hygge as “a Danish word for a quality of coziness.” Cozy is the most important part of hygge, and in a world that seems to have gone completely mad this year, we could all do with a bit more cozy in our lives.
This is where hygge comes in.
Hygge is more of a mindset than an actual ‘thing,’ and that mindset is most associated with being comfortable and happy, at peace, and enjoying life. Of course, good hygge is hard to do all day, every day, but if we all took a few minutes each day to embrace the concepts of hygge into our lives, the world would be a lot happier and calmer.
With that in mind, here are eight ways you can embrace hygge concepts into your life and find some inner peace along the way.
Enjoy More Simplicity
If you could replace hygge with another English word, cozy probably wouldn’t quite cover it, but ‘simplicity’ would probably come a very close second.
What is simplicity? Simplicity is the art of not being concerned with too much, taking joy in simple pleasures. Simplicity means different things to different people. For some, it means taking time out to meditate, read a book, bake bread, or even take a walk in nature.
The simplicity aspect of hygge is taking pleasure in the pure calmness and slowing down of life. This is why hygge is so often associated with autumn and winter, for those simple pleasures in life.
Invest In Comfort
If you’re looking to being a bit more hygge in your life, you’ll want to really embrace being comfortable in your space and in your body.
Being comfortable in your body takes some work, but being comfortable in your space is fairly easy to upgrade. Lots of soft furnishings, cushions, throws, and maybe even a huge beanbag can be a great addition and at little cost to you. Check out the FAQ’s about these LoveSac knockoffs to help make your decision about which one to invest in. Anything that means you can take some time out of your busy day and enjoy the peace and quiet in a comfortable space.
Bonus tip, comfort is about the clothes you’re wearing too. So go out and get yourself some really nice comfy slippers and a great set of loungewear. You deserve it.
If you search for #HyggeAtHome on Instagram, two of the things that will pop up time and time again in photos are candles and a fireplace. There’s just something so cozy about a fireplace, and candles make a good alternative!
Now, many of us don’t have access to a lovely roaring open fire or even a wood-burning stove to sit by on a chilly evening, but nearly all of us can invest in some lovely candles to hygge-up the place a bit.
You get bonus points if you go for scented candles that will fill the room with a soft, gentle aroma to make you feel really hygge!
Create A Snug
Hygge is often associated with the slower pace of life and simplicity, as we mentioned above, and one of the best things to do if you’re looking to invest in simplicity is to create a reading snug.
It’s a sad fact that fewer and fewer homes are installing lovely big libraries and filling them with books, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. Even a simple window seat with a few books on the side will be a great little reading snug. Don’t forget the blankets too.
Mix Up Textures
What textures do you think of when you think of comfort and coziness? Is it wool? Cotton? Sheepskin? Whatever says comfort to you, mix up the textures of your home a bit to create a really warm and inviting area for you to call home.
Hygge is often associated with natural materials, with wood and cotton being two popular materials in the hygge movement.
With simplicity comes a lack of clutter, and taking it further is minimalism. Not many people like minimalism because of it’s negative associations with stark white places and high gloss finishes, but you can embrace minimalism easily by embracing a clutter-free home.
Giving up the clutter is hard to do for some, but making it easy by ensuring everything has a place, even if that place is a box under the bed hidden away, will make going minimal in your home a lot easier. Once it’s out of sight, you’ll find it much easier to live with less, and you’ll be well on your way to being a true minimalist!
Hygge Up Your Spa Bathroom
While many people think of the living room or lounge as the perfect place to embrace the art of hygge, and it really is, the second most important place is always the bathroom.
If your bathroom feels cold and uninviting, even clinical, you need to do some serious remodeling!
Now, investing in a whole new bathroom suite or bathroom renovation might not be something you can do right now, but there are definitely things that will improve your bathroom.
Decant shampoo and conditioner into more attractive-looking bottles, invest in natural soaps and cleaning cloths, even bringing in scented candles, books and music into your bathroom experience will make it feel more hygge.
Go on, indulge yourself!
Have you spent some time this year being thankful? Everyone thinks about being thankful around Thanksgiving, but in true hygge form, being thankful and being present should be something you do every day.
Try to embrace being thankful by starting a gratitude diary. Write down five things every day that you are grateful and thankful for. It will do wonders for your mental health and well-being.