You might have noticed every one talking about living hygge, what is this?
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a ‘feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful, beautiful or special.’ It's no wonder that Denmark is considered one of the happiest places in the world to live.
This concept of hygge is a wonderful one, as it can extend to all parts of our lives. It especially comes to life at this time of year when we are all cozying up and indulging in food and warming drinks with family and friends. The idea of hygge in wellness and mindfulness is to take notice of the small and simple things. To be aware of finding pleasure in your home, by yourself and with the people you care about, by taking note and soaking up the every day things. We hear the expression "to be mindful" often, and essentially this is the same. We get carried away with our lives and forget to be authentic, true to ourselves and to actually stop. It's a concept to turn the ordinary tasks into memorable moments, and finding enjoyment out of them.
Hygge is about creating simple rituals without effort that give you a warm, cosy and happy feeling.
Here are Rue Belle's Hygge tips:
- As the daylight is short, embrace the dark evenings and light candles, enjoy the warm glow in your home over dinner, in the bathroom, everywhere. There is no need to keep them for special occasions.
- Enjoy putting on a luxurious pair of fluffy socks when cozying up in the house, especially after a long day.
- Strength of our relationships; enjoy long evenings over delicious, hearty food and good conversation with friends and family.
- Try not too over indulge in anything, rather have a bit of everything in moderation.
- Be kind to yourself, appreciate your beautiful mind and body. People who are kinder to themselves tend to have better mental health.
- Exercise; although daylight is short but taking the opportunity to exercise outside can lift the spirits. At weekends enjoy a park run or walk, use your local outdoor lido (it's fine once you get in, honestly!), or wrap up and take your yoga mat to the garden.
Most of all savour and take note of these moments, appreciate them! I guarantee you will feel happier and enjoy the winter months more.