2020 is right around the corner. New Year’s resolutions and goals are being set for the next year. And 2020 is definitely a special year, as it is also a new decade. Adding hygge to your life should be on your list of goals. Hygge will ensure that you take the time to relax and unwind.
We are busy trying to get our lives organized. So busy, that we tend to forget to take care of ourselves.
Adding more hygge to your life is a great way to take care of yourself. Once you implement hygge into your life, you get instant gratification. It’s easy to implement, and you really have nothing to lose by doing it.
Take care to remember that hygge is not a decor trend – it’s a mindset. However, adding certain decor things like candles can help build the correct mindset for hygge. Remember the difference.
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Mindfulness is: “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis”.
The art of having hygge in your life is the feeling of enjoying the moment and to be present.
Hygge and mindfulness added together are just a win-win situation really. How great is that? Hygge can even be described as the ultimate mindfulness practice. At least in my opinion. The two go very well together.
One of the biggest principles of Danish hygge is to live in the moment and be present. Therefore, adding hygge to your life is a great way to add mindfulness.
Mindfulness is all about being present and living in the moment. That is exactly what hygge is about.
tip 1: create a soft, warm, and hyggelig atmosphere
This might actually be the most important step to take. A nice, warm, soft and cozy atmosphere makes all the difference to hygge. Whether you live in a house, have an apartment or only have a room, this is completely possible to do.
By adding lots of candles, fairy and string lights and salt lamps with a soft amber glow, you can create what we Danes call a “hyggelig” and warm atmosphere.
I especially love candles with a natural scent. In the evening I light candles with lavender and vanilla, as these scents are calming and relaxing.
tip 2: Spend time with your friends
Hygge is all about spending time with people you love. Whether this is friends or family members. The most important thing is to be together. Turn off your phone and leave it in your bag. You don’t need it when you are spending time with your friends. Be in the moment. Be present!
Danes prefer not to talk about work or politics when they spend time together, as these tend to be stressful topics to talk about. Hygge moments is being able to avoid stressful topics and simply just have fun with being in the moment.
When I spend time with my friends we like to cook dinner together. Sometimes we bring a dish each and just put them on a table. We go for walks, watch movies, go to the cinema, and sometimes we eat out. We also love to play board games.
tip 3: Dress comfortably in layers
Denmark can get cold. It can go down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit though it doesn’t happen that often anymore. It happens once every two years or so, and then it’s absolutely freezing. We tend to dress in layers and thick sweaters.
To be honest, I probably have more sweaters and scarves in my closet, than I have T-shirts. Even in spring, it can be seriously cold and it’s always good to have extra sweaters on hand. Thick and thin. Check out these from Amazon:
tip 4: hygge is Drinking hot beverages
Hot tea, cocoa, and coffee is the way to go if you want to add more hygge to your life in 2020.
I was not always good with hot beverages, and I still don’t drink a lot of coffee. Mostly because the caffeine doesn’t affect me at all. I can drink three cups and still go to sleep 30 minutes later. I know, it’s really weird.
However, I love having tea in the morning and evening. Especially during the winter months. In the evening I drink something that is soothing and relaxing, and in the morning I like to drink teas with citrus or peppermint, as this gives me energy for the day.
My favorite tea brand is Yogi Tea. I absolutely love the taste of most of their teas, and I have a small collection today. The brand offers so many different tastes and combinations. It’s amazing.
tip 5: Hygge is Eating well
Eating comforting, wholesome, homemade and great-tasting food is essential in a hygge moment. Danes love eating comforting foods during the winter when it’s cold and windy outside.
Meatballs, Split pea soup with dill, cinnamon rolls, porridge, creamy potato, and salmon bake, and soup are just some of the many dishes we like to make as comfort food. Comfort food equals hygge.
tip 6: Spend time reading
By this, I mean reading an actual book. Not an audiobook or a book on your kindle. I mean reading an actual, physical book that you bought in a bookstore. Or on Amazon. But physical. A real book.
You can read anything you want. It doesn’t have to be a new book either. Pull out your old collection of Harry Potter and start reading. Put on your comfy socks and sweater, grab a blanket, turn your phone off and disappear into a world of magic, witches, and flying thestrals for an hour or two.
See if you can come back to reality after that. It’s not as easy as it sounds, as this is such a great hygge moment.
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I would love to know in the comments below, if you are adding more hygge to your life and how you are doing it…
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