I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb in sweatpants. Like, no joke. They were meant for me and I was meant for them. And, if I wasn’t born in Idaho then I most likely would have been born in Scandinavia…because, well, hygge.
You’ve heard of that, right? If you’ve spent any amount of time on Pinterest, I’m sure you have. Pronounced like Hooga, this incredible Danish practice sums me right on up.
The technical definition from our friends at Wikipedia is that Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
Think candles, warm blankets, fireplace, cozy socks, warm beverages, and, you guessed it, sweatpants. Does that not just sound like a Hallmark Christmas movie in real life, ya’ll?!
Without ever knowing that was what I was doing, I have created my own little piece of Denmark in my own home pretty much throughout the year (except those 2 weeks during the Summer where I truly feel like life cannot go on because the house is so flippin’ hot).
I wanted to share with you what I do to set the scene so that you can feel cozy and comfortable during this incredibly bizarre, sometimes scary, and mostly uncomfortable COVID-19 situation we have found ourselves in. And, on a side note, (more like a silver lining note) I have seen such great things come from all of this. Yes, there is terrible (a lot of it) but so much good has poked it’s head out of the shadows of it all. I find this super encouraging and I am grateful.
My Hygge Habits
- Big fluffy Blankets
- Heating pad (Spoken like the true old lady that I am)
- Diffuser w/ woods, berries, spice essential oils
- Fake candles (Pottery Barn has the best!) or lead free soy or coconut wax candles
- Minimal and simplistic décor (too much to look at overwhelms the mind)
Food & Drink
- Hot Cocoa (a fave in my house)
- Warming soups and Stews
- Warm breads
- Comfort foods
- Card games
- Board games
- Movie night
- Meals at the kitchen table
- Story time (in your PJ’s, duh)
- Sweatpants (at the top of my list always)
- Big, Baggy Sweaters
- Cozy socks
- Anything cozy!
- Flow & ease
- Finding the silver lining in everything (even when it’s hard)
- Just be
Hygge can be whatever you want it to be. The idea is that you are cozy, comfortable, and as content as you can be given the circumstances. And, if you aren’t already in your sweats, then I’d advise that you change this very second because jeans? They just don’t make the cut here ;P
Do you have a favorite Hygge practice? Let me know in the comments 🙂
In good health,
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