I’ve seen this term all over Twitter and Pinterest over the last few weeks, so I finally decided to look into it and find out what it means. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish principle that’s fast becoming the biggest trend of 2017 so far. And as luck would have it, it’s something I already do and create, so I thought I would do a little post about it and showcase some really easy things that you can do day to day that help you create it for yourself.
The basic idea of hygge is that you create a space and a lifestyle that gives you comfort and happiness on a daily basis. Spending time with friends and family, cooking your favourite meal, decorating your home in a way that you really love are all part of living a hygge life. So what are the easiest ways to live a hygge life?
Spend time with your favourite people
It sounds simple, but carving out some time in your busy schedule to see the people you love the most is a really easy way to live by the principal of hygge. Make some dinner plans, have a movie night, anything that you count as quality time with the people who make you happiest.
Hygge your home
Creating a space in your home that is comfortable for you and beautiful to you is a big part of this principle. In strict hygge terms, it’s all about beautiful furniture, comfy throws and cushions, and lovely soft, warm lighting. But no one’s asking you to redecorate your whole house! Surround yourself with photos, furniture & accessories that you love to look at. Use candles. Making your home a relaxing and comforting place to be allows you to switch off properly after a long hard day. Needless to say, hygge isn’t really compatible with clutter or mess!
Remove big stress from your life
If you’re like me, you’re easily stressed by things. And if you’re like me, the best way to prevent that stress crushing your mental fortitude is to get organised and be in control of things all the time (maybe not the healthiest way to deal, but it works for me!) If work gets you down, make a concious effort to separate yourself from your profession as soon as you clock off. If you can’t seem to get to all those really important things checked off the to-do list, get a planner, write a list, prioritise the biggest things and get them done. Even if you have to be tough on yourself to get those rubbish jobs done.
The idea of hygge is essentially to create a life for yourself that makes you happier and less emotionally strained. Be kind to yourself and take the time to enjoy the little things in life – this is hygge and this is why Denmark is frequently voted one of the happiest countries on Earth! Have you hygged your life? Let me know what you think of it in the comments!