If you have been struggling with the “winter blues” or what many refer to as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD) then, perhaps, you should consider implementing a little hygge in your life. You know, the Danish term that means “living in ultimate coziness” and reason number 999 why this Nordic lifestyle concept is something everyone can use.
Growing up in the Midwest, four seasons are a way of life and one we have always embraced. In fact, the darker and gloomier, the better. However, we also know that the long, dark and bone-chilling days of the post-Christmas season can bring on the doldrums for many. In other words, they are experiencing SAD. We aren’t saying that ‘hygge’ is the cure-all for SAD, but we are suggesting that a little hygge, especially in the winter, might just be the prescription you need to get through what can be the bluest time of the year.
Why not try cozying up to cope?
Eat the damn cake.
Don’t be silly. It tastes good. Eat it. If there is ever a time to treat yourself, it is during the arctic chill. You aren’t getting in a bathing suit anytime soon. You can work that off in time for spring break. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you for the treat.
Bring the outside in.
If you want to be hygge and really embrace the winter, you have to be willing to think outside of the box. In other words, bring life and a little green inside. Plants and greenery have a way of adding color and vibrancy to any space. If you want, you can even name them and have a chat.
Practice being present.
Hygge is about the experience more than anything else. Practice living in the moment while you indulge or cozy up with your favorite book in your hygge nook. Get lost in the moment and you might discover your winter blues are nowhere to be found. It is worth a shot.
Light up the darkness.
Don’t be confused. We aren’t saying you should blast those God-awful overhead lights. In fact, we are suggesting quite the opposite. Turn down the interrogation lamp and light some candles. They don’t have to cost $50 a pop. In fact, the cheaper the better. If there is one way to really set the cozy mood, it is by candlelight.
Create your cozy nook or hyggekrog.
Good news! You don’t need to spend a single dollar to do this. Find the space within your home that already makes you feel all warm and fuzzy when you sit there and simply enhance it with some cozy effects. Things like candles, your favorite blanket and a spot to place your favorite hot drink are really all you need. You will find yourself daydreaming about that space until you are relishing in all of its coziness later.
Fill a pot with something good.
They don’t call it comfort food for nothing. If the dish warms your belly, induces nostalgia, and satisfies your soul, then make it! Home-cooked meals made with love are sure to ease your darkest days.
Still stumped on how to create cozy so you can fight SAD while the winter persists? Here are some ideas:
- Go through your old recipes and make something you have been craving
- Pick a tv series and binge watch while you sip on mulled wine or your favorite tea
- Invite your friends over for a game night
- Host a potluck
- Write a letter or a thank you and then actually send it
- Slow cook something delicious so you can enjoy its aromas all day long
- Light some candles in your bathroom and soak in your favorite bubble bath
- Invite your neighbor over for a coffee and a chat
- Bundle up and take a walk
- Bust out the fairy lights you only use during the holidays to enhance your hygge nook (or hyggekrog)
Hope this helps you fight off those winter blues.