It is said that hygge is a state of mind and an innate feeling more than anything else. To feel hygge is to feel inner happiness, warmth, and an incredibly strong sense of coziness. But, with the days growing colder and darker, it’s extra easy to get down with the wintertime blues in lieu of hygge. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing cozy about that.
If you live in a part of the world where winter is coming no matter what, then why not at least try getting used to it and dare I say…embrace it? There’s no doubt that it definitely requires some effort, however, don’t all the good things life?
Let’s chat about ways to implement a little hygge in your life this winter – we hope you enjoy them.
A positive mindset. To feel hygge is to think hygge. The more you walk around complaining about the frigid temps, the more pissed off about them you’re going to be. Jedi mind trick yourself into loving the transition of seasons. Just takes a little convincing. There is nothing worse than a Chicagoan walking around all gloom and doom moaning about how much they hate the weather. For the love of God, switch the thoughts or move to a warmer climate. I’m not saying this to be mean, but Bah-Humbuging all winter long is exhausting. For everyone.
Candles. They don’t need to be anything fancy or expensive. In fact, most Danes use unscented candles and have numerous ones burning throughout the home. Of course, use the noggin and never leave an open flame unattended, but why not get one burning to embrace the amber hue and to warm things up a little.
- I use these around the house. Simple and cheap.
- For something more fragrant – DW Home Candles are my pick for the best candles that will make your home smell delicious. Plus, the price is right. Love Campfire!
Cozy, wool socks. Treat your feet well and they’ll treat you well. Smart Wool is one of our favorite brands for the coziest of socks, plus, they last forever. Also, Target has released a line of wool socks that are super dreamy. Tip: Get the knee highs so that you can wear them over leggings and scrunch them down.
Books worth page turning. Isn’t there something so incredibly magical about a good page-turner. A good read can teleport you to different worlds and past times. Think back to your favorite book. What did you love so much about it? Let those feelings inspire you to pick up something for the colder months ahead. Here are some wonderful suggestions from Michelle.
Shows worth binge-watching. The Great British Baking Show. Sharp Objects. Sex and the City. The Office. Game of Thrones. Broad City. Portlandia. The Handmaid’s Tale. Black Mirror. Planet Earth. Just to name a few.
Gather with your closest friends…or don’t. That’s the glorious thing about hygge. It can be practiced solo or with your tribe. The important thing is that you put your damn phone away and enjoy being present whether it’s by your lonesome or with others. Be present and be cozy.
Wood, lots of wood. Doesn’t matter if it’s in your fireplace or your firepit – fires are about as hygge as it gets. They not only warm the body, but they also warm the soul too. Fires all winter long!
The perfect throw. Whether your granny crocheted it or you’re rocking a Barefoot Dreams throw – find your go-to throw and get your cuddle on.
Fairy lights. These little lights have a special way of creating the most magical ambiance to your space. You can hang them on your mantle, fill a glass hurricane, cover dried birch wood from Trader Joe’s with them…the possibilities are endless! Little ladies love themselves some fairy lights too. Great stocking stuffers! These are just what you need.
Take a hot bath. They are soothing, therapeutic and often just what the doctor ordered when it comes to cold winter nights. Light a candle, grab a book and glass of wine. And tell your peeps to leave you the heck alone. Soak and enjoy.
Something warm to sip on. Glögg, apple cider, tea, hot cocoa, hot toddy – you do you and sip away. Don’t like hot bevies? No sweat. Sip on whatever makes your heart most happy. That’s all that matters when it comes to hygge.
Knit something. It’s calming, cozy, and the perfect homemade gift for a loved one. Your local shop can get you started. Warning: once you start, you may not be able to stop.
Indulge a little bit. Sometimes you just have to eat the cake, cookie, or s’more. It’s just called living a little.
Now go on and prepare the perfect hygge nook for you and your family – you have what you need, just use what you got. Oh and don’t forget – enjoy the cozy vibes all season long!