Hygge is often a term you will now hear bounced around. It is either on social media, accompanied by a picture of a cozy fire and someone looking warm and comfortable. It is in blog posts, perhaps such as this, and it is in the media. It is a Danish way of living that has swept the world, and as it has been reported that the Danish are some of the happiest people in the world, it is easy to see why. It may sound easier said than done. It’s all about the home comforts, the warmth, the family time, the low lighting. But is it really that easy achieve? Here are some of the simple ways you can bring Hygge into your home and your life.
It is all about the lighting
An essential part of Hygge is lighting, and not what you may think. It isn’t all about adding more light into your home and life, it is about lowering the light options and making it feel cozy and inviting. The way to do this is to use lamps instead of main lights and even consider having candles. Candles offer a lot of ambiance and coziness when it comes to Hygge, not only do they give off the soft warm glow of light you are after, but you can pick a scent that appeals to you, to add another dimension of comfort. Choosing the right scent such as warm cinnamon, for example, can really help to create the atmosphere and ambiance you are wanting. The soft light cast from a candle can help promote relaxation, whereas harsher overhead light, can keep you energized and awake.
Think about the warmth in your home
The next thing to think about would be the warmth in your home. If you have an open fire, then you are already going to be nailing this. A fire is an ultimate thing for hygge, it gives off the soft glow of light, and the strong warmth. Not to mention the comforting sound of the crackling logs. However, not all of us are lucky enough to have an open fire or a wood burning stove, so it may be time to think about your other options. Many homes have central heating now, and so using this to keep your house warm is a big thing. But, things can go wrong, especially on the colder days, so having a heater repair service number on standby would be a good idea. Other ways to keep warm and remain hygge would be to use hot water bottles or layer up with clothing.
Comfort food is essential
When it comes to food, you just have to think about the meals and the ingredients that make you happy, and you will be on your way to creating a meal that is inspired by hygge. It is all about the comfort food essentially. Meals that will fill you up and help you to feel satisfied. Autumnal recipes seem to be the trend here, so think pumpkin soup or casseroles, to name a few options. The food is also easy to prepare. There won’t be an endless list of ingredients, there won’t be a huge method to follow, and it won’t take too long to cook. Another great way to add a bit of hygge into your life with food, is to think about using your slow cooker. This is a quick and easy way to make a meal that can take a little longer to cook, and it fills your home with some amazing smells.
Positive and a change of mindset
Sometimes it isn’t just about your actions, it is also how you think. Hygge is all about living a happier life, and one of the ways to do that is to focus on your mindset. If you struggle with negativity, then this can be a difficult habit to break. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself. start by feeling grateful for the things you have in your home. Feel happy for your home, the life that you have, the people that are in it. Once you start it will develop into a new habit and you can then focus more on positivity.
Finally, it is all about family time and being present with the ones you love. A great way to do this is to plan nights in but lock away your phones and any other distracting technology. Be present and play games, talk and communicate, read and just be in each others company. The feeling of happiness will flow and it is a great way to spend some time with the ones you love.
I hope these tips help you to bring more hygge into your life.
*This is a contributed post