It’s that time of year again and everyone is bundling up for the winter. The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to start building some hygge vibes into your life and the lives of those around you.
Lost? Not sure what “hygge” is, let alone how to say the word “hygge”? Keep reading, for an explanation as to what exactly it means to experience hygge and how you can experience it more often!
So, it’s time to cozy up with a nice cup of tea and feel those hygge vibes!
What is Hygge?
Hygge is all about being in the moment. A Danish word, pronounced “hue-guh”, hygge is a simple feeling of being content within a single, charming moment. There are many ways to experience the feeling of hygge for example….
cozying up next to a crackling fire
lighting a candle and taking a bath
having a quiet night at home with friends
Similar to meditation, hygge is a way of slowing your focus and recognizing the perfection of any given moment. Finding time to notice the simple pleasures in life is the best way of experiencing hygge. There is no easy English translation of the word, but if you want to test out hygge, a good way to start is by slowing down and being appreciative of the things around you.
So Hygge isn’t a thing you can buy?
In short, not technically. Can you buy items that inspire a feeling of hygge? Yes. But there is no item or line of items that specifically counts as “being hygge.”
Hygge starts in the mind before it manifests physically. It is a state of mind, slowing down and noticing and appreciating the little things about any given moment. If you’re having trouble harnessing your thoughts and relaxing into a state of hygge, you can build a calming environment around you.
How can I incorporate Hygge into my life?
There are plenty of activities or ways to incorporate hygge into your life. If you are inspired by the thought of slowing down the breakneck pace life can have sometimes, then keep reading! We have suggestions on how you can help train your brain to experience hygge in your day to day life!
If you are looking to slow down and incorporate some hygge into your life, many people suggest starting by lighting a candle, of course!
Candles have long been evocative of relaxation, romance, and savoring the moment. Some people even practice a form of flame meditation, by lighting a candle and gazing into the flame to clear their minds. Others enjoy warming up next to a roaring fire during these cold winter months, or running a hot bath and filling the room with comforting candles and beautiful aromas. Bottom line is, we all know how comforting and relaxing candles are, so what are you waiting for? It’s candle time!
Another good way to slow things down and take time to enjoy the moment is to brew up a cup of tea.
The process of brewing a proper cup of tea is a great opportunity to absorb the simplicity of the moment. From filling and setting a kettle of water on the stove top, to picking out a tea bag or measuring out loose leaf tea, to feeling the warming sensation of slowly sipping your freshly brewed tea; many people consider sipping tea to be one of those early morning, sit on the porch, and watch the world wake up kind of activities. A perfect way to kick start hygge vibes in your home.
If you enjoy long walks on the beach, you may already be experiencing hygge without even knowing it!
Taking a leisurely walk along the beach, or through the woods, or even around your neighborhood, is a phenomenal way to incorporate more hygge into your life. Observing the beauty of the world around us has long been a preferred pastime of many throughout history. Artists have attempted to capture nature’s beauty in a variety of ways, couples used to have supervised dates of strolling through the park, botanical gardens have popped up in cities all across the country; nature has always fascinated us. There is nothing like listening to the birds in the trees, crickets in the bushes, and crunch of sticks and leaves as we observe the world around us. So take some time to quietly reflect on life while meandering along your hygge walk.
How can I spread the Hygge?
If you already find yourself experiencing hygge, even if you didn’t know the word for that beautifully calm feeling before now, you may be thinking of introducing hygge to your friends and family.
The best way to spread hygge is to invite others to enjoy your company. A weekly game night or dinner with no distractions to release some stress and catch up with friends and family is a great starting point. Book clubs, paint nights, and movie marathons are all great ways to slow down and enjoy the company of those you’re with.
If weekly activities don’t work with your schedule, try hand writing some letters to those close to you, or getting a group to volunteer in your community. Anything you can think of to just savor the grace and uniqueness of the moment you're in, enjoying the people that you choose to allow in your life and taking stock of everything you’re blessed to have, is a great way to experience hygge.
So! Go live in the moment and absorb the peace that can be found in every small moment, and fill your life with hygge! It’s much easier than you’d think!
Speaking of hygge... maybe a holiday candle for some ambiance?