Hygge (pronounce hoo-gah) is a Danish concept and its closest translation is ‘coziness’. The clocks go back this week so I think now is the best time to let a little bit of ‘Hygge’ into your life.
Let me paint the picture for you…it’s a cold, wet and windy November day. What do you want when you get home? A lovely warm fire, a cosy blanket, a wooly jumper to put on and to relax in front of the telly with Mr. S. That my friends is Hygge in a nutshell.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a type of depression which reoccurs on a seasonal basis, is affecting around one in 15 people in the UK between September and April, Hygge could be an attitude to adopt to help ease the winter blues.
Below are some ways you can totally get into the Hygge groove and not just survive but thrive this impending Winter.
Embrace Seasonal Produce
I love changing my weekly food shop to reflect the changing weather. Take root vegetables for example, they are in season at the mo making them fresher and cheaper than at other times of the year. Chuck them together in differnt combinations to make wonderful warming soups. It’s a win win! Roast Red Pepper and Carrot is a personal favourite of mine..yum!
Make Your Home as Cosy as Possible
Invest in faux fur and chunky knit throws and change your bed linen and duvet to the winter weight tog. Light a fire as often as you can and blow the dust off those ‘display’ candles and actually light them! The candle light and scent creates that super cosy atmopshere, how could you not be happy in your little nest thats is home!
Invest in Cosy Loungewear
If you know me at all, you will know loungewear is one of my favourite things in life. The best thing after a long day is getting out of those high heels and skinny jeans and putting on my comfy lounge pants and cosy jumper, oh, and not forgetting my cashmere socks (best investment I ever did make)!
Here are some of my picks of the season for lounge wear:
Plan a Trip Away
I love having something to work towards and planning a little trip away can help to put the long evenings in. A change of scenery also does wonders for the soul too! Here are two places that are on my never-ending wish list.
Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Iceland | Christmas Markets, Prague, Czech Republic
Fill Your Evenings with Laughter
Invite friends or family over, watch all the comedies Netflix has to offer, go to the cinema or out for a few cocktails…whatever..as long as it makes you feel good, do it! Alternatively, cosy up with a good book and a cup of tea.
If you would like to read a little bit more about ‘Hygge’ you can find a great book on it here.
I hope this helps give you some insight into the Hygge concept. Whatever you get up to this Winter just make sure that it makes your soul happy.