The term ‘hygge’ has seen a surge in popularity in recent times, creating hysteria around the world. The Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced hooga) is the concept of bringing Scandinavian coziness into your home through the use of candles, blankets and warming drinks to promote inner calm, and taking a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer. However, hygge is more than just cake and candles, it is a mindset and an attitude that many argue is the reason behind Scandinavian countries being voted the happiest places to live in the world. Danish winters can be particularly harsh with long, cold days, so the Danes overcome this darkness with ‘hygge’ – why not try injecting a little ‘hygge’ into your life this autumn? Read on to discover some simple ways to embrace this Danish concept.
Create your own ‘hygge’ space at home
A ‘hygge’ space is your own little nook or corner in the house where you can sit and relax with your favourite book or play some relaxing music and simply be in the moment rather than rushing around trying to get things done. This space should be filled with cosy textures created by cushions and blankets and soft lighting from the glow of candlelight.
When the sky is grey and the leaves are brown, comfort food and drink is what our soul desires! So, snuggle up by an open fire with your favourite book and invigorate your senses with a hot drink such as Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea. The aromatic blend of autumnal spices will awaken your senses and leave you feeling comforted and relaxed. The refreshing aroma of the tea is met by deliciously warming notes of spice including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, allspice and clove, mixed with fruity tones from orange peel and blackberry leaf, and the delicate fragrances of aloe blossom, camomile and gymnema sylvestre. This unique blend is packed with benefits thanks to these vitamin-rich ingredients, and it’s a wonderfully uplifting drink to calm you down after a busy day’s work. When it comes to food, Scandis are partial to slow-cooked stews, homemade cinnamon rolls, and pecan pastries to name just a few! Why not get creative in the kitchen and see what yummy ‘hygge’ food you can bring to the table?
Candles are considered a fundamental part of creating a ‘hygge’ friendly environment. The soft lighting instantly creates a warm and relaxing atmosphere and provides a comforting light in the darkness of long winter evenings.
Surround yourself with friends
Invite your closest friends over for a glass of mulled wine and some baked treats and spend some time focusing on ‘togetherness’. Put down your phones and switch off the tv and enjoy talking and laughing with people who are important to you.
Have you tried to bring a little ‘hygge’ into your life? If so, let us know what tips and advice you have by posting in the comments section below.