Winter isn’t my favorite season. I don’t particularly like long nights and short days. Or maybe because I’m used to relating winter to Christmas (which is my ultimate favorite season of all), but unfortunately, Christmas in the southern hemisphere happens during summer.
However, I have found that there are ways to actually enjoy this cold season. I came across the term “hygge” (pronounced as hoo-gah or hue-guh) last year while I had a lot of free time to read books (I was still looking for a job at that time). Although there is no direct translation, hygge is a Danish word used to express the feeling and atmosphere of cosiness, warmth, and contentment. Apparently, the Danes are always one of the top 3 happiest people, so they must know something most people don’t. Below are some hygge tips to help you embrace the winter season:
1. Put a little bit more effort on being cosy
Think everything warm and cosy – blankets, throws, scarves, and socks. Bundle up and sit on the furry rug (by the fire, if you have a fireplace).
Although I don’t typically buy candles (I prefer diffusing essential oils and wax melts), this is one of the most recommended ways to make your space more hyggelig. If, like me, you’re not into candles that much, soft lighting or lamps can also do the trick.
Enjoy a hot beverage (maybe some cocoa or spiced tea), and indulge in some pastries. Hearty soups sound good too. If you can, cook your meals at home. Home cooked meals always add the feeling of hygge on the dinner table.
4. Good company
Of course you can get cosy and warm by yourself, but having a good time with friends and family is always a good thing. Instead of throwing huge parties, it is suggested to have more intimate get-togethers and having more meaningful conversations. Perhaps have a casual board game night with a couple of your friends.
5. Slow down and enjoy the ordinary things
There are a lot of little moments that happen everyday that can evoke the feeling of hygge, if you’d only take the time to take notice. Lounging on the couch and reading a good book, for example. Or maybe having a walk outside and getting as much sunlight as you can.
Hygge should not be reserved for the holidays or for special occasions only. The idea is to relish the simple pleasures of life everyday, and it may just help you (and me!) enjoy the cold, winter season 💜