Friday 16 September 2016

Embracing Hygge

Hygge - The new craze in the blogging world and one that I have definitely got on board with. This practice is all about togetherness, creating a cosy home and lots of food, so if I could do a degree in Hygge, I definitely would. The Little Book of Hygge* was the reason for my new found obsession and I pretty much studied it from front to back in an evening. I've been fairly stressed lately, my anxiety has been through the roof, so I wanted to spend an hour or two a day of late trying to learn something new to broaden my mind. 

This Danish practice particularly focuses on light, especially candles and lighting a handful of them at the same time to create a relaxed area to have some down time in. Another thing associated with Hygge is baking, books and hot drinks; if that doesn't scream Autumn to you, I don't know what will. 

To embrace Hygge into my daily routine, I have started to make sure I have a few hours at the end of the day where I do something with my self; eating a sweet treat, turn off my phone and take pleasure in the little things like comfy clothes and an even comfier pile of blankets. At the weekend, I have been making the effort to spend an evening a week doing a board game, something that we wouldn't necessarily do with the TV on. Monopoly and Scrabble are definitely on the list as playing board games for several evenings a week was a huge part of my childhood. To add, Hygge is mostly experienced between 3-4 people, so as well as making time for an evening a week for just us two, I am trying to spend more time with the rest of my family too - We played Banangrams together earlier in the week! 

Fashion comes into it too, a high top knot, chunky knits and lots of layers is a way to embrace Hygge into your wardrobe too. If fashion isn't your thing, then you can incorporate Hygge into your home too with books, a Hyggekrog (a little nook to snuggle up in) and items made out of wood. 

There's even a section of the book that focuses upon Hygge at Christmas and ideas on what to do in each month. October is for chestnut hunting, January for movie night and August for meteor showers - Perfect! The emergency hygge kit had me sold too, full of woollen socks, a photo album and your favourite movie box set. Here are a few of my favourite pieces to put into my emergency kit: 

Are you going to start to embrace the Hygge lifestyle?

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