I saw this concept pop up on Instagram a while ago, and I just ignored it and thought nothing of it. Then all of a sudden I kept seeing it everywhere. I kept saying to myself ‘What the hell is hygge?’. Undoubtedly you are thinking to right now and I don’t blame you. But it is an increasing trend that I am starting to LOOOOOOVE.
Hygge, which is actually pronounced ‘Hoo-ga (unexpectedly yes I know), is a Danish concept. Don’t get me muddled, I am not an expert on the Danish culture, or anything to do with it apart from their pastries *YUM*, but from what I gather from my BFF Google, its something that can’t be translated into just one word in English, but it involves the feeling of being cozy and content. It’s apparently a really big part of the Danish culture, one which you have 100% experienced before but have never realized it. Mind-blowing or what?!?!
As it is autumn, going into winter and the days are getting darker and darker, I am in my hygge element because literally what season is more cozy?! The main concept of hygge is actually based around winter, which you will understand in this blog post, but of course there is ways of incorporating it into the summer months. I have some ways, some traditional, and some more personal to get your hygge on this autumn and winter. It will make you feel true vibes and make you happier!
Light Those Candles
The Danish are renowned for burning lots of candles each year and in the winter time what is better than putting a Gingerbread candle on!
Trackies/Joggers Are A MUST
Hyggebukser is actually the Danish word for a pair of trousers which most likely you wouldn’t wear out in public. Don’t worry, we all have a pair and there is nothing better than getting home after a long day and putting on your trackies and just relaxing.
Create A Reading List
I have to admit, I don’t read a great deal, but I genuinely don’t find the time to, however know I understand hygge, I am going to try to do it a bit more. I am going to find some books I know I will like and instead of always scrolling through Face-y-bee ~ aka Facebook ~ and actually read them.
Like me, the Danish love their food. Treat yourself to some treats, like I am really fancying some brownie right now. It is winter after all and you don’t need to worry about them beach bods.
After I took the photo above I enjoyed the hot chocolate above and it is becoming a regular thing. I have them to warm up a lot of the time but there is just nothing better than a hot choc and snuggling up in front of the fire. AHHHHH!
Work – Life Balance
At the moment I am heavily behind in my school work, I have blogmas to plan for and write before December and life is just BUSY. But it is so important to make sure you get a good balance between work and personal life that will get stuff done and make you happy. It’s all about reflecting!
Perfect Low-Lit Lighting
I love settling in for the evening with my lamp on and then just all my golden fairy lights on. It is the best feeling… even if I then have to get out of bed again to turn them all off…
Turn That Phone Off
One important aspect of hygge is to turn off technology. It is good to escape for a while. As a blogger, my life is always connected to social media… literally 24/7, so it is hard to remove myself from it. However even if it is just turning it off an hour earlier before bed it does SO MUCH GOOD.
Knitted Hats and Scarves
It is already November and we aren’t in the middle of winter at all but I am already taking full advantage of my scarves and I am becoming obsessed. I NEED TO STOP BUYING SCARVES.
When it has been cold or raining, and I get drenched walking home from the gym or college I will always run a bath. And what’s a bath without a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar in it?! I used my Pumpkin bath bomb yesterday and it was so effin’ good!!
The Crunchy Leaves
Earlier in October I went for a few autumnal walks with my friend Rosie and one with my boyfriend, and it makes me so happy. It’s hard to explain but for me it falls under the category of hygge.
Have you ever heard of the hygge concept? What makes you cozy in autumn and winter?
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