After the rush of the holidays has passed and everything begins to still again, it is time to slow down and relax. We tend to be overwhelmed, overstimulated, and just… over it. We all need a little soul-soothing, and these are the perfect moments to embrace the comforts of a cozy home, hygge style. Haven’t heard of a hygge home? Here’s what it is and how you can create one.
What is Hygge?
The word “hygge” is a Danish term that refers to coziness, comfort, contentment and a feeling of well-being. It is pronounced “hoo-guh” and although it doesn’t have a direct translation in English, the closest word seems to be “cozy.” The Norwegian term “hugga” means “to comfort” or “to console,” much like the English word, “hug.” But more than just feeling comforted, hygge is also associated with feeling relaxed and indulgent. Sounds delightful, right?! No wonder this “trend” has taken off!
The Hygge Hype
For most Americans, the concept of hygge first came onto the scene in 2016 when thick, quilted blankets like these were a huge trend. It was difficult to scroll through social media and NOT see one, and there’s a good reason why.
When we slow down and embrace the concept of being indulgent and comforted, it helps bring us to a space of appreciation and gratitude. And after a particularly busy or overly-scheduled season, hygge can be a welcome way of life.
How to Hygge
You don’t have to purchase lots of materials or a viral blanket to create a hygge-like home. In fact, some of this art is editing the space you have. Here are some simple ways to make your space more hygge:
- Declutter: In order to feel more comfortable and serene, you may have to clear your space a bit so that you can feel calmed and not overwhelmed by “stuff” all around you. If just this step feels overwhelming, you might find this blog helpful.
- Bundle up: Hygge is so popular in winter because you get to layer up! Wrap yourself in warm blankets, scarves, fuzzy socks, etc. Remember, you want to feel like you’re being hugged.
- Set the stage: Consider lighting a scented candle or lighting a fire in your fireplace. Warmth and warm light are key to creating a calming hygge atmosphere. No fire? No problem. Flameless candles or even watching a crackling fire on your television can create the same ambiance.
- Fill your cup: Consider treating yourself to a spot of tea to warm up your hands and help set the cozy tone. When you have a hot mug in your hands, you can’t rush. You have to slowly sip and savor the drink – and the moment.
- Breathe: Take deep, calming, intentional breaths. Try to remain present, indulging in the serene, soulful space you’ve created in the world. You’ve earned it!
If you want to explore more about the world of hygge, here are some helpful books and guides.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen
The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg
The good news is – as long as you feel cozy and content, you’re doing it perfectly! However you hygge, embrace the comfort and indulge in the beautiful, quieter moments.