Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept focused on creating experiences that provide comfort & contentment. The Danes know a thing or two about peace of mind – Denmark consistently ranks as a top spot on the World Happiness Report. Faced with harsh winters & darkness up to 17 ours a day, Danes decided to create their own serenity & focus on activities that foster fulfillment & tranquility.
You can hygge however you like – the focus is on fostering a sense of contentment, so that means different things for different people. Here are some ideas to ponder as you sip your hot tea & listen to relaxation radio (both of which could help you hygge btw).
Focus on one task at a time (we know that can be a challenge, but it does wonders for an anxious mind). When it’s time to decompress, you should absolutely allow yourself to unwind. Watch a 90s romantic comedy, a stand-up special, or your favorite episodes of The Office & just be.
This is a particularly challenging goal in today’s uncertain times. Hygge is meant to improve your overall sense of well-being. Think of it as the port you’ll come home to in the midst of choppy seas. With new reports coming in continuously, we’re all connected to our phones & laptops even more than usual. Read what you need to stay informed & focus on the information that keeps you healthy, but if you find yourself becoming even more stressed & anxious, listen to your mental health cues & put away your phone. It’ll be there when you come back from your break, we promise.
Yes, we love this one! Eating well includes comfort food, so look up that recipe for chicken & dumplings & enjoy. If you’ve wanted to learn how to make homemade fudge, now’s your time. Enjoy the process, & if the recipe doesn’t turn out perfectly, no worries. Be proud of yourself for trying something new.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Hello, you don’t have to tell us twice to wear leggings. Comfortable clothing also means clothing you feel good in, so if you don’t feel good in your pajama pants all day, make a point to change into something else comfortable. Stretchy pants are having a moment, & we are here for it.
Have Some Time Outdoors
In Denmark, hygge includes cycling & enjoying the great outdoors. Step outside to get some fresh air, & maybe, just maybe, don’t take your phone when you do. It’s springtime, so that means birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering, & flowers are blooming. Take a walk or ride your bike & focus on what’s around you. Your mental health will thank you.