How to embrace hygge
The Danish art of living well, hygge is not just for winter. Here are our tips to bring a touch of it to your life, all year-round
It’s certainly caught people’s attention, so chances are you’ve already heard about hygge. Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, this tradition is about lifting your mood and overall wellbeing by simply enjoying relaxed experiences without any distractions, focusing on people who matter, and feeling a sense of togetherness. And, while it’s perfect for Christmas, there’s no reason not to use it to help you refresh and recharge once the hectic and indulgent festive season has finished, too. Discover eight easy ways to bring hygge into your life this year…
LIGHT SOME CANDLES
While you may be all set for the new year and its brighter days, the weather is yet to catch up. There’s no need to wait though; create a warm and cosy atmosphere by filling your home with the soft, flickering glow of candlelight.
BE WITH FRIENDS
One aspect of hygge involves bringing together loved ones whose company you enjoy. Invite friends over for a fuss-free dinner and take pleasure in delicious food, a good catch-up and the fun and conviviality of getting together with your favourite people.
Whatever the time of year, you can’t quite beat the feeling of being warm and snug at home. This sense is essential to the hygge experience, so create a sumptuous space in your living room. Layer textured throws and soft cushions on your sofa for the ultimate nook to curl up in front of your favourite movie or TV show.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Spending time enjoying nature is a free and easy way to engage in a key element of hygge. Whether you head to your local park to sit quietly with a flask of hot chocolate or take a sunlit walk in the woods, take a deep breath of fresh air and appreciate all that the outdoors offers.
CHERISH HAPPY MEMORIES
Sometimes, nothing makes you feel better than reminiscing over fun times and fond memories. Settle down with your old photos, then pick out some favourite images to frame and display around your home to make you smile each time you pass them.
BAKE SOMETHING TASTY
Filling your home with the smell of freshly baked cakes or bread and then tucking in will give you a sense of both happiness and achievement – you could even go truly Danish and whip up some cinnamon buns. Sharing them out among appreciative friends or colleagues will help spread the happiness, too.
Thanks to the internet and social media, we’re constantly tuned in to everyday distractions. Turn off your screens and, instead, focus on a bit of ‘me-time’ – try out a new craft, learn to meditate or lose yourself in a good book.
INDULGE IN SOME TLC
Unwinding in a warm bath infused with relaxing oils, such as lavender, rose and ylang ylang, will leave you feeling refreshed and focused.