Hygge as a Form of Self-Care
Hygge is a Danish word that translates into cozy; it is a lifestyle, a way of thinking. Those living in Denmark have reported year after year they are among the happiest people in the world. So what makes the Danish the happiest people in the world? Well for one, they have universal healthcare and a universal pension system- just to name a few. They also believe in Hygge!
Hygge is all about spending time with loved ones, putting away electronics, snuggling up with your favorite book, having meaningful conversations, eating warm, rich foods and dessert, and embracing a slower pace of life. I mean who can’t get down with that? Living in the Boston area my whole life, I learned pretty young that to keep up, you have to work faster, walk faster, do everything faster and be connected to email all the time. As I am getting older, the faster pace of life, being surrounded by people, cars, and noise is overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. To combat the overwhelm of life, I’ve embraced a little Hygge in my everyday life as a form of self-care.
Each night, after I unwind from work and start to prepare dinner- I light a candle or two or three and diffuse essentials oils. The act of lighting a candle is an intentional way for me to mark the end of a workday and enjoy my home life.
I love to create new dishes and bake; it is a part of my day that is therapeutic and puts me in a state of peace. I practice mindfulness when chopping veggies, stirring the pot and watching my sweet treats rise.
One of my favorite parts of the day is coming home and changing out of my work clothes and into my old, comfy sweatpants, thermal shirt, and slipping my feet into slippers for extra warmth. The feeling of comfort and warmth signals I am home and can relax.
Anyone who knows me will tell you; I am a total homebody. My home is my center; it is where I am at peace and feel most like myself. I fill my home with my favorite things- comfy blankets, pillows, candles, face masks and yummy food. Home is also where I share my space with those closest to my heart.
Are you into Hygge? Let us know in the comments how you integrate Hygge into your life!