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I first came across hygge when I earlier this year. When I read the description for Hygge my first thought was “Wow, there’s a word for how I live my life.” It’s the perfect definition of what my life looks like. Pronounced “hoo-gah,” or “hue-gah” this Danish concept of comfort, coziness, and warmth. It’s the base of my self-care.
From the : “Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” “coziness of the soul,” and “the absence of annoyance,” to “taking pleasure from soothing things,” “cozy togetherness,” and my favorite, “cocoa by candlelight.” Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”
Yasssss! My home is everything to me. The colors, the smells, the feeling of comfort – I’m all about that. I have and there have been periods in my life where it’s caused me to be agoraphobic and my world shrinks in on itself and the only thing that exists outside of that panicked feeling is my home. My surroundings, that coziness, has at times, been the only thing that keeps me sane. If you’ve picked up the , you know there’s a little section about self-care + your home and how important it is to feel safe and happy there.
Let me share with you my Ultimate Guide to Hygge.
Lighting: One of the foundations of hygge is soft light. Candles are very important. People in Denmark burn an average of 13 pounds of candlewax each year. Of course, you also can’t go wrong with natural light. I usually come home from work in the morning, pull a curtain back, open the window, and just bathe in the lovely morning sunlight.
Fairy lights have also become really popular lately. You can string them up around your bed, your altar, or your living room. It’s also just about that time to put the Christmas tree up. Just think about it. What’s better than sipping hot cocoa by twinkling Christmas lights?
Fireplaces also add just the right amount of warmth and coziness.
I swear by the calming light of my .
Self-Care: On the next cloudy/snowy/overcast day, light candles around your living room instead of turning on the lights. Do something relaxing like write in your journal or listen to music.
Food and Drink: The official drink for hygge is anything warm. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, warm apple cider is all perfect. Foods that also cook all day like soups, stews, and chili that have that warm, comforting, filling vibe. The same thing goes for baking. Bake bread , muffins, cakes, or cookies. Candy, chocolate, and pastries are also a must.
Anyone who reads my newsletter knows that I have a weekly ritual on Thursday mornings when I pop in my earbuds, walk to the nearest Starbucks and donut shop and then I sit in my living room wearing my pajamas and drinking my coffee and eating the fluffiest cinnamon sugar donuts you’ve ever tasted in your life. Because this is my last day before I go back to work and I’m getting all hygge with it it’s referred to as “fredagshygee” which is your hygge practice after a long week .
Self-Care: Have your own fredagshyge at the end of your work week. Plan a little something special for yourself. If you’re tired, pick up some sweets from your favorite shop, if you have the energy and the time, try your hand at baking something.
Comfort: If you tried to take my electric blanket from me I’d probably chase you down and tackle you. Aside from changing into pajamas, it’s the first thing I do when I get home on a cold day. There’s nothing better than cuddling with a warm blanket, some fluffy pillows, and a cat on my couch.
Smoosh your furniture together.
Okay, you may find this weird but last year I moved my two couches together so that they were facing each other and pushed against each other. I filled the epic-couch with blankets and pillows and basically lived there for a week. It was bliss. It’s the adult version of a pillow fort or a table tent. You can stretch out, you can watch movies, you can take glorious naps. I swear you won’t ever want to go back to having a normal adult living room.
Self-Care: Wash your favorite blankets and pillows and then pile them on your bed or couch and just enjoy the warmth and comfort.