Hygge is a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
With only three more weeks left until Christmas and just four left out of 2018, i wanted to do a guide on how to relax and enjoy the little things. We obviously all know what to do to relax, surely its something very personal to each individual. However if you are anything like myself, you will get a gentle reminder from this post to look after yourself more. Starting from January we all are going to be in hustle mode, excited to accomplish all the things we want in our life. So i figured it is good for the soul and body to enjoy some slow living for once.
I am a huge fan of Scandinavian culture, home of the Hygge movement. I love the danish furniture and clean designs and the joyful celebration of the little simple pleasures in life. This is actually what Hygee is all about: rituals and things that will bring a better quality of life. Hearty food, fluffy socks and cosy afternoons on the couch in front of the roaring fire. I dont know about you, but to me it sounds just wonderful.
Ways of Living the Hygge Way in December
Get some candles for your home. Surround yourself with warm, calming candlelight whilst you are enjoying a hot cup of cocoa on the sofa.
Add twinkle lights everywhere. They create such a magic atmosphere to any room.
Turn your bathroom into a spa and have a relaxing bath ritual. I am a huge fan of taking long relaxing baths in the winter. They can be so wonderful for the body and soul. My favorite products are from the L’Occitane lavender and almond range. The bath foam is so wonderfully scented and relaxing, whilst the almond shower oil and body oil are incredibly nourishing. Must haves for a truly pampering experience.
Start your mornings with deliciously warming porridge. It will keep you full for longer and its kind to your body. Experiment with different toppings and fruit compotes. Your tummy will thank you.
Invest in good quality soft pyjamas, socks and bed sheets. Nothing beats that feeling of cosines when you jump in your pjs after a long day and you can relax with a good book or movie in bed.
Plan evenings at home with your family. You can have a game night, movie night or just gather for food and a chat. Specially when the town is so busy and everyone is rushing, relaxing evenings at home are exactly what your soul needs.
Hygge is about simplifying life, being aware of a good moment and stopping to enjoy the little things in life.
Switch off as much as possible from phones and screens and swap them for old school entertainment. Books, newspapers, listen to music or podcasts. Coloring with your kids or arts and crafts are things that will create wonderful memories and traditions.
De-clutter your home and surround yourself only with things that you love. If it doesn’t spark joy into your life, get rid of it.
Cook as much as possible at home. Warm soups with loads of vegetables, stews in the slow cooker and gooey chocolate brownies.
Go for a swim, followed by a sauna or steam. You will feel like a million bucks!
Bundle up for a good hike at the weekend. Try to chase the light and spend as much time outside.
Create a gratitude log and list all the things you are grateful for. Specially this time of year, many of us take stock of what we have achieved during the year and more than often we compare to others. Avoid the negativity of comparison and list everyday one thing that you are grateful for in your life.
How do you relax and slow down? I would love to know.
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