After being battered around by the winds and rain on my way home last night and losing a battle with my new £22 ‘wind-resistant (pah!) umbrella, I must admit that I felt a little defeated. It’s tempting at times like these curl up and cry, waiting for warmer months to arrive but instead, when the days are short, nights are long and the weather is cold and blustery, I turn to the Danish concept of Hygge to get me through the long, winter months.
Originating in Denmark, the concept of Hygge was created in order to counteract the long, cold, dark winters were Danes can be subject to many as 17 hours of darkness in a day. Rather than sink into depression though, the people of Denmark would instead take shelter inside and transform their homes into centres of cosiness and comfort, bringing together all of the things that make them most content.
|My sister cosied up in the Hygge environment we made in our Airbnb apartment during our Valencia trip|
A decent mattress is also a must for a decent night’s sleep. There’s nothing worse than a night tossing and turning followed by a day of aches and pains. If I wake up with a neck/backache from sleeping poorly, I have no chance of Hygge happiness the next day at all. Not to mention the health benefits that peaceful sleep can bring from energy, endorphins and faster healing to smoother skin and glossier hair. Did you know that you should change your mattress every eight years at least? If you’re due for a new one, check out Mattress Next Day and you could be a sleeping beauty by the weekend. Can’t splash out for a new one right now? They have a great clearance mattress section or you can try a memory foam mattress topper in the meantime for added support and softness while you save up.
It shouldn’t have to be a weekend or special occasion for you to focus on feeling comfortable at home. A search for ‘Hygge’ on Pinterest will bring up images of plush, soft blankets and warm fireplaces. Cosy corner couches and socked feet snugged together. A fluffy, white duvet pressed up against a rainy window. Hygge is all about the small, everyday things that can help us to bringing the missing warmth and light of summer into our homes until the warmer months return. Make a list of all of the little things that make you smile, a new nail polish colour, a phone call to your grandma, listening to an old album you used to love. Make a plan to do these things more often this winter to lift your mood and keep your spirits up.
How do you Hygge? Is there anything that you like to do to make cheer yourself up in winter? Please do share your ideas with us in the comments section so that we can all feel a little better this winter!
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