Hygge: creating a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality in your home
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. So, as the Summer comes to a close and the Autumn draws in, how can you embrace the concept of Hygge in your home?
Run yourself a hot bath
The benefits of taking a bath have been scientifically proven and can ensure optimal health of the mind and body.
- Hot baths help with blood flow and can reduce pain and inflammation. Baths can also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.
- Try a few drops of our Lavender Mist onto your towels to aid sleep, reduce stress and improve your mood.
- If you don't have time to run yourself a bath, try this wonderful Botanica Facial Steam Kit from our friends at Radical Giving, it can still calm your nervous system and leave you feeling refreshed.
Choose a good book
Although it can be difficult to find the time to read in our busy lives, consider reducing your screen time in favour of a good book.
- Reading regularly has bene proven to reduce stress, improve memory and empower empathy with others
- Our yoga eye pillow is a versatile tool to soothe tired eyes before and after reading. So try getting lost in a goof novel to boost your mood and contribute to a longer life!
Find a corner of solace and comfort in your home
Hygge typically conjures up images of a roaring wood fire, surrounded by beautiful church candles, fuzzy warm blankets, hot mugs of mulled wine and snowfall outside. But Hygge doesn't have to be this exact scene for everyone.
It's all about what makes you feel happy and content in the moment. It could be sitting with a friend on a park bench, or dipping your toes into a freezing cold lake.
It could even be finding a small corner of solace in your own home, where you can take a deep breath and feel calmer. It can be during these little moment that we really begin to see where happiness lies and can create Hygge without so much as a candle in sight.
Rise early to enjoy a quiet sunrise before the busy day begins
One very significant benefit of waking up early is reduced stress level. When you rise early, it eliminates the need to rush in the morning.
This may seem obvious, but even rising an extra ten minutes early can transform the day from a disorganised whirlwind into a calmer, more peaceful experience.
If waking up early is leaving you exhausted, finding ways to manage stress can help including
- relaxation techniques
- getting on a sleep schedule
For a morning boost, try heating up one of our wheat bags and using it to decrease and joint stiffness you may have from your nights sleep.
Make sure to spend some quality time with loved ones
After eighteen months of isolation, now is the time to really embrace the moments we have with our loved ones.
Hygge can be present at the dinner table, out on a walk or having coffee with a colleague.
Spending time with friends is proven to increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness, reduce your stress and improve self-confidence and self-worth.
We wish all of our friends Hygge this Autumn. If you need any more tips on how to live a content and happy life, you can read our journal post on wellbeing here.
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