Let’s practice some Hygge now that the cold is here and daylight hours are dwindling. You may have heard of Hygge last year, it was a big buzz word. To me, it is now a lifestyle. Hygge (pronounce it HOO GA) is basically the Danish way of contentment, coziness and happiness during the cold months. As someone who used to rebel against winter and complain all day, I now am choosing to look at the cool indoor season ( I live in the Northeast US), as a way of embrace the seasons. It may be a battle some days but the very things that make the season full of joy, wonder, warmth and coziness are often the very things we need to slow down and savor.
So how can we take this fall and winter to embrace the extra time home and keep ourselves content, busy, healthy and satisfied? Here’s 25 ways!
Bake- it’s fun, creative, delish and nothing beats that smell in your house
Get cozy with your pets. Just BE
Add fairy lights to your decor
Light candles – ( some fantastic clean burning ones here )
Drink warm drinks like spiced cider, tea and hot cocoa.
Be with friends and family as much as possible- meet for lunch, meet for walks, or invite them over.
Slow down in all that you do, take a slower pace of life.
Unwind with some slower style yoga, like Hatha
Surround yourself with things you love- get rid of the rest
Eat warm nurturing foods at a table set with candles, wood and seasonal decor
Light the fireplace
Treat yourself to new cozy blankets and fuzzy socks
Read books more often (no phone)
Watch funny shows and movies with family and friends
Try to be positive about the changing seasons, rather than complain about the cold
Bundle up, bring the hot cocoa and take a winter walk
Take an online class to nurture your spirit and fire up your creative passions
Do some winter window gazing and day dreaming
Play card games and board games
Cook and eat great seasonal foods and try new recipes
Take up a craft like painting, knitting or crocheting
Bring nature inside- decorate with pine cones, leaves, plants and rocks
Book a weekend retreat with some friends or family
Keep the Christmas tree and Christmas lights up longer.
What else will you do to embrace the seasons?