“People usually are the happiest at home.” —William Shakespeare
Winter is probably the hardest season to get through. Between the bitter cold temperatures and air, mostly grey skies and limited amount of sunlight, this time of year takes its toll on our bodies, both inside and out.
If the winter blues are getting the best of you, it’s time to spice up your self-care routine.
There is no better season than winter to discover hygge. This lifestyle trend, which is pronounced “hoo-gah,” has Danish roots. Given the fact that the Nordic countries are known for both their intense winters and for being some of the happiest places in the world, hygge is worth a try.
Simply put, hygge is creating and recognizing the feelings of happiness, coziness and contentment by surrounding yourself with the items and people that evoke those feelings in you. This does wonders for you in terms of self-care, as it allows you to surround yourself with the things that make you feel best.
Here is how you can introduce hygge into your life this winter:
GET AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE
When it’s below freezing outside, you’re going to want to create an oasis inside. That means finding and using the coziest and most comfortable things you possibly can.
Hanging out at home, you need to have a comfortable sofa to sit or lay on in order to get cozy, otherwise you’ll soon grow irritated.
To accompany your comfy spot, look for fluffy or furry throw pillows and the softest and warmest blanket you can find.
Wrap yourself up in your blanket while on your sofa with a mug of hot chocolate and feel contentment encompass you as you watch the snow fall from your cozy and comfortable spot.
TAKE TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF
Self-care is taking care of yourself externally as much as internally, because we all know we feel our best when we are putting our best face forward.
The frigid temperatures and wind that come along with winter wreck havoc on your skin. Your face is one particularly susceptible area that needs extra attention during the cold months.
Treat yourself and your skin to a weekly spa night where you use a face mask that will help combat the effects of winter.
Having a spa night once a week not only helps with both inner and outer self-care, but also brings forth a sense of peace and contentment.
CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Relaxation is a must with both hygge and self-care; you are only going to realize the feelings of contentment and coziness if you are first relaxed.
One of the easiest ways to unwind is by putting yourself in a calming environment, for many people this becomes their bedroom.
Our beds are comfortable and the room contains familiar items that bring happiness. There are still small items that can bring the calming aspect up little more.
Lighting a candle in scents like lavender and vanilla are an easy way to feel relaxed with the combination of the scent and flicker of the flame.
You can also use light bulbs that give off soft light or surround your room in Christmas lights for lighting that is easy on the eyes and mind.
DO WHAT YOU WANT
Hygge and self-care are all about you.
Winter is a hard enough time to keep spirits up as it is, with the dull skies and chilly weather that is seemingly endless, there’s no shame in doing what you need to do to make yourself happy and content.
Whether you are happiest in the company of others, in solitude or a mixture of the two, you need to put yourself in the surroundings that will bring you inner peace. 💖