Take a second to picture your ideal Friday night. Is it at a concert? Out with friends? Involving lots of pizza & beer? Or, do you crave a cup of tea, throw blankets, & sunlight dancing off the walls on a lazy Saturday morning… If your answer is the latter, then hygge might be the lifestyle trend for you.
Danish people use hygge to describe the warm & fuzzy feeling that comes from consciously appreciating the present. If you’ve never heard of hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), you’re not alone.Meik Wiking, the author of The Little Book of Hygge, describes it as taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. Hygge only made its way overseas in the past few years, when “wellness” & “self-care” became topics of scientific interest, rather than excuses for self-indulgence.
We’re well into spring (although the temps outside say otherwise), but it’s never too late for you to relax & embrace warmth that comes from the inside out. Read on for more ways to incorporate hygge into your everyday routine.
1. CREATE A HAPPY HOME
To experience the full effects of a hygge-inspired lifestyle, start where you’re most likely to appreciate the changes you’re implementing — in the home. At college (& post-grad!), it’s hard to turn small spaces into a place that feels your own. I’ve found that houseplants, scented candles, throw rugs, & a wall tapestry adds just enough personality to even the dingiest of places. & I would know — my on-campus apartment has cement walls, dark green floors, & no natural lighting. Yikes. While I’m looking forward to a more “grown-up” place in the future, I still believe that string lights & sweatpants go a long way to feeling at ease.
2. GET INSPIRED
Dreams don’t only happen when your head hits the pillow. Let your mind wander in real life, too — create a vision board or spend an hour scrolling through Pinterest. Write a list of goals for yourself in the next month, year, or five years. Do you want to start a family or go back to school? Travel the world & give back to the community? Sometimes, putting pen to paper helps make even the most unlikely goals seem attainable. Hygge-living means tuning out the static noise in your life & focusing on what you’re passionate about.
3. TREAT YO’SELF
There’s a reason that millennials are considered the burnout generation — We’re constantly on the go & putting our hands into a million projects at once. It’s hard to hit pause sometimes (okay, MOST times). If you’re feeling high-strung, let hygge be your excuse to unplug from Group Chats, social media, & whatever assignments you can put off for the moment. If you’re in the healthcare world, especially, it’s important to take care of yourself before you can give your time & energy to helping anyone else. Some ideas to start? A romantic comedy, favorite book, or DIY facemask should do the trick.
Taking time to relax shouldn’t have to feel like a sacrifice.
Use hygge to kick back, cozy up, & chill out.
You deserve it.