Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a “feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.” Taking the time to create intimacy and comfort within your home and yourself, an act of self-care that focuses on coziness.
Imagine dimming the lights and having the flames of your favorite candles fill the room with watery light. Laying on the couch with a soft blanket enveloping you in warmth, a steaming cup of tea in your hand. The fireplace is on, the windows are fogged with stream from your herbal bath. Your body laced with vanilla lotion and your toes warmed with thick socks. You watch the fire and sip on your tea, your belly warm, body comforted, and mind at ease. You curl deeper into the cushions and nestle the blanket within the curves of your body, you begin to read and loose yourself in the warmth of the moment on the cold winter night.
Hygge is all about savoring the feeling of being present. Denmark experiences 17 hours (per day) of darkness during the winter months, along with dangerously low temperatures, the Danish find themselves staying indoors. During winter, Season Affective Disorder (S.A.D) takes hold and we experience mood shifts with the seasonal change. In the winter we find ourselves depressed, anxious, fatigued, hopeless, and socially withdrawn.
The Hygge lifestyle doesn’t push away the symptoms of S.A.D it welcomes them, taking the time to understand the emotions, nurturing the body and mind during the darkness of winter. It important to not feel ashamed of your emotions, to gather up those thoughts and feelings and truly examine them. Get to know their purpose and gain a better understanding of yourself.
Hygge decor in your home is simple. Place soft blankets on the couches, candles throughout, fluffy pillows, bath bombs and essential oils in the bathroom, dim lights, and warm colors of art.
Hygge is more then the decor it is about what you DO. It’s about caring for yourself and taking care of the mind and body. before you cook dinner take a hot shower with lavender oil. Hop onto the mat and do a yoga flow before bed, ease the mind and stretch out the muscles, release tension. Cuddle up on the coach with your partner, friend, or pet. Watch the movie or tv show that you have been waiting to see. Try cooking a new recipe. It’s all about doing what brings you happiness and comfort.
Embrace the Hygge lifestyle this winter, create your own light during the darkness of winter.