What is Hygge?
Hygge is a fun way of saying that you want to create a feeling of being cozy, warm, and comfortable. It’s a word that originated in Denmark. In Denmark, they have very long winters with little sunlight. Due to that fact, the Danes have created the “hygge” method, which literally means “to give courage, comfort, and joy”.
The concept of hygge is to slow down and enjoy everyday moments. It’s about introducing methods to make your life more comfortable, less busy, and to help you enjoy life’s little moments that you would have otherwise passed by.
As I look outside my window today, I am in the midst of a snowy winter storm. The last thing that I want to do is go outside into the cold. So I thought I would share my Top 10 Essential Winter Hygge Tips with you as to how I enjoy hygge in my home.
1. Light a blazing warm fireplace
As the concept of hygge is to be warm and comfortable, light a fire in your fireplace. Fireplaces evoke a feeling of being cozy and relaxed. A crackling fire makes you want to sit down and just enjoy being present. There’s something calming about the sound of wood burning in a fireplace.
Don’t have a fireplace? Put Youtube on your TV and watch a fireplace snap, crackle, and pop. You could also purchase a portable fireplace.
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2. Drink a warm beverage
As the fire is already lit and you are relaxing on your couch or easy chair, enjoy a warm beverage. Whether it is a hot cup of coffee or a nice brew of tea, a warm beverage will heat up your insides. In fact, if you are feeling daring, drink a hot cup of cocoa and ignore the calories. Go back to your childhood when cocoa was a fact of life and calories were never an issue. In addition, put your drink in your favorite coffee mug. Make the very act of drinking memorable.
3. Snuggle up in a fuzzy blanket
We all have those blankets that are the fuzziest and softest in the home. It was probably the best indulgent purchase you made while shopping. Use the blanket to create a warm hygge feeling. If you prefer, pamper yourself and wrap up in several blankets at once. Leave several blankets next to the fire in a pretty basket or hamper so that guests can also enjoy and get comfy.
If you are crafty, you can attempt to arm knit your own gigantic blanket. I have always wanted to try this and the yarn makes the blanket look uber comfortable and soft. You can find the tutorial here.
4. Light a Candle
When I think of wintertime, I think of many candles being lit in the home with the lights out, so that the candles are the only illumination. Line up candles on your mantle or coffee table. Let the flickering lights bring a feeling of peace. If you have tealight candles, place them in pretty jars. Experiment with new scents that lift your mood. Try a lavender candle to lift your mood and evoke feelings of relaxation. Or try a Woodwick Candle because they audibly crackle!
5. Read a Good Book
When I think about my childhood, I remember that I was always cuddled up with a good book, especially when it was cold outside. I was an avid reader, but I don’t have as much time now as I did before. Therefore, the thought of reading a good book gives me warm feelings and makes me long to find an interesting book to read. So, pamper yourself, put the phone down, and cozy up with an engaging book.
6. Take a Hot Bath
There’s something about relaxing in a hot bath that seems to wash stress away. Take an hour away from distractions and relax in the tub. Let your worries fade away. Create your own bath bomb that contains a calming scent. Enjoy being surrounded by warmth and relaxation.
7. Make a Homemade Meal or Dessert
Take the time to treat yourself to a homemade meal or a dessert. Make a baked potato (oh the carbs but so delicious!) or your favorite pasta dish. For me (and hopefully you), cooking is my outlet to release steam and helps me to be calm. The feeling of a home-cooked meal brings satisfaction and pleasure. Find a recipe and make warm, chewy chocolate-chip cookies. My husband’s favorite way to relax is by eating cookies.
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8. Bring Green Plants Inside
During the wintertime, we really miss seeing green plants. So bring the outdoors in and put green plants around the home. Plants give off oxygen, so it will boost the atmosphere inside your home. Plants can also lighten your mood and provide feelings of peace and tranquility.
If you don’t have a green thumb, trying planting succulents. They are beginner-friendly and come in a wide range of colors to bring beauty to your home.
9. Have a Spa Day
What it is about thinking about a spa that makes you want to sigh with contentment? That’s because a spa is all about you and making you feel special. So create that hygge feeling at home with your own spa day. Drink lemon water and soak in a bath with your own bath bomb. Make your own foot soak, face mask, steam treatment, pedicure, manicure, or hair treatment to create feelings of peace and tranquility.
10. Watch a Feel-Good Movie
Oh, Hallmark, the best channel for feel-good movies. There’s something about feel-good movies that make you feel happy. Maybe it’s realizing that we can have a happy ending too. So find your favorite feel-good movie and relax on your couch in front of a roaring fire with your hot cup of joe and fuzzy blanket. For ideas, you can find a list of the 50 best feel-good movies here.
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I hope you enjoy finding ways to incorporate these ten hygge tips into your home this winter. Just writing about these hygge tips made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here an interesting fact: did you know that the Broadway musical, Frozen, has a song called “Hygge”, which is all about being comfortable? I thought that was pretty neat.
How do you stay warm and cozy in the winter? I’d love to know! Don’t forget to share this article with your friends! 🙂