Sure, it’s OK right now. Christmas decorations are going up everywhere and you’re excited to wear the coats and sweaters that have been hanging in the back of the closest for the last three seasons. But just wait a few weeks when you haven’t seen the sun in days and the sidewalks are permanent sheet of ice — the doldrums of winter will return.
Perhaps this year there’s a way to embrace the icicles and enjoy winter rather than just enduring it.
Hygge (pronounced HOO-ga) is a Danish word that can mean being cozy, taking time for meaningful moments, creating intimacy, slowing down, not taking yourself or life to seriously, relaxing, connecting with others and having experiences that bring you joy.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Here’s how you can incorporate a bit of hygge in your life and make the coldest, darkest months of winter more bearable — and even enjoyable.
Get outside and appreciate the beauty of winter
This year, put on your warmest layers then get outside as often as you can to appreciate the stark beauty of the winter months. Being outdoors and appreciating nature, and getting some exercise along the way, will lift your spirits.
Give yourself permission to get lost in a good story.
“…from bowls. Preferably in bed under the duvet. With the electric blanket on.” Amen.
Learn something new or return to a creative project you’ve been putting off for a while.
The joy of winter is seeing how many cups of hot chocolate you can drink.
Being warm and comfortable is what hygge is all about.
Pause and breathe deeply to clear your mind and open your heart.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but just making one corner of your surroundings a little prettier will lift your spirits.
To really experience hygge, share the warmth with those who are closest to you.