Picture this: you’re in your living room, lights dimmed, wool socks on, wood fire burning in front of you and the steam of your tea lightly floating upwards towards your face – feels good, doesn’t it? This feeling, one of ease and comfort is known as coziness but skip across the globe to Denmark and you’ll find it is called something else. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a bit like coziness but less momentary. For Danes, hygge is a state of mind and a way of being.
In Denmark, in the depth of winter, Danes can expect to see 17-hour days of darkness meaning it is much more imperative for them to find ways in which to achieve inner peace, tranquility and happiness. This is also why hygge is such a well-known concept. Here in Canada, many of us are familiar with the winter sads and while we may not be living in Denmark, we do know a thing or two on how to create a sanctuary of our own. Here are a few ways to create a sense of peace and bliss – right in your own home.
First things first: slippers. Hygge starts from the feet up so make sure your extremities are covered so that no heat slips away. We’re loving these indoor/outdoor ones made by Mahabis
Next, boil some water and make a cup of tea. If herbal is your thing, make a cup of chamomile tea (it is known to promote peace). If you prefer black tea – and really, there isn’t anything more comforting than a cup of milky early grey tea – bergamot is well known for its antidepressant and stimulative effects.
Once you have your tea ready, get some essential oils out to diffuse in your space. Some of my favourite oils are eucalyptus, spruce, frankincense and lavender. If youre having troubles finding the right blend – take a look at our diffuser cocktails to find the perfect mix.
Sanctuary means something different for everyone. If bliss means curling up with a good book to you, I recommend “Murder on the Orient Express” by Dame Agatha Christie. Twelve train passengers, a murdered man and the famous detective Hercule Poirot find themselves stuck on the Orient Express after it is stopped by a winters snow drift. Not only is this classic novel of murder and suspense one of my favourites, it is also currently in the works for a major hollywood release next year making it the perfect time to catch up. If reading is not your jam and you just need a show you can binge watch on the freezing nights, Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life comes out November 25th and if you haven’t seen the first seven seasons, there really is no better time than the present. Grab some blankets, take a seat on your couch and cozy up – it’s time to get your hygge on.
Last but not least, find ways to enjoy a sense of hygge outdoors. Bundle up and get your pals together for a winter hike, head to the nearest dark sky preserve to watch the stars or strap on your skis and head to the nearest local hill. Nothing feels better than a cozy night at home after exercising outdoors during the winter months.
Although not all of us can live in Denmark, we can certainly all appreciate hygge.