With fall quickly approaching, some people are sad to say goodbye to the sunshine and margaritas, and others can’t wait to curl up by a cozy fire and sip cocoa. Sure the desire to get cozy is usually caused by the colder weather, but practicing the art of being cozy year round, could benefit you immensely. This “art of being cozy” is known as hygge. Hygge is a Danish word, pronounced ‘hooga’, that refers to a state of coziness and a feeling of togetherness. Hygge is the mindset of living extraordinarily in the present. This kind of mindful behavior is not only good for your mental health, but your physical health as well. Some physical benefits of the hygge lifestyle include; weight regulation, improved sleep, and reduced need for unhealthy coping behaviors like drugs and alcohol. Like most mindful behaviors, hygge benefits you emotionally by reducing depression, stress, and anxiety.
Ways to Incorporate Hygge in Your Life
Light a candle
o Turn down the lights, and light a candle, create a warm and soothing ambience in your home.
Make a comforting meal
o Pick your comfort food and make a habit of having it once a week. Or try a new recipe for a stew or roast.
o Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on a pot of tea, or try some warm water with lemon.
o Go for a hike, take a bike ride to the beach or park, spend time outside and connecting with nature.
Wear comfy clothing
o Yes, we are giving you an excuse to wear sweatpants, yoga pants, or pajamas. Feeling comfortable in your clothing is another part of the process.
o You can’t relax in places that are overwhelming. Strip the excess items from your home and create a more inviting space.
o Give yourself a break from technology, whether you do it in the morning or right before bed. Take an hour to give yourself a break from your phone, your computer, all screens and electronics.
Cuddle under blankets
o Texture is a big part of hygge. Surround yourself with soft items like throw blankets, fluffy pillows, and comfy furniture.
So grab a book, a blanket, and a cup of tea, and see how practicing the hygge lifestyle benefits you. Feel free to share with us your favorite ways to achieve coziness!