Do you even Hygge?

It’s so much more than an aesthetic, it is a lifestyle, a mindset. Hygge is all about embracing things that make you feel happy and content. It is about establishing a connection with nature. It’s about finding joy in the simple things.

Hygge started gaining popularity in North America years ago and it’s been gaining momentum ever since. There are many books, websites and blogs dedicated to the art of Hygge. Type “Hygge” in the Pinterest search bar and you will be flooded with many images and interpretations.

The use of natural materials establishes a connection with the outdoors especially during the colder months when you may not get outside as much.

Hygge (/ˈh(j)uːɡə/; Danish: [ˈhykə]; Norwegian: [ˈhŷɡːə]) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.


Hygge in winter

The long, cold winter months here in Mid-Ontario can be harsh. Most days we don’t see the sun and the temperatures drop below -20 on a regular basis. Despite this, you can still manage to find a little bit of warmth and coziness with a Hygge practice.

Winter is one of my favourite seasons and I spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying many winter activities and sports, so much so that I am busier in the winter than I am any other time of year. It is also a time when I embrace the Hygge concept the most. By dressing up in layers- chunky knit sweaters, warm mittens and a woolly hat is “Hygge” and makes it so that I can make the most of my time outside and feel content.

A simple and mindful walk through the woods during a snowfall followed by a cup of hot chocolate next to a roaring fire is guaranteed to make you feel good. I am happy just envisioning it!

Hygge in decor

Blankets, pillows and sheepskins make lounging an art form.

After all the outdoor adventures I love nothing more than to come back home and wrap myself in an electric blanket, plop myself down among many pillows in front to the fire to warm up. Ah, I can almost feel it…

When creating a Hygge space think candles, soft lighting, heavy blankets, pillows and lots of layering. Using natural elements such as wood and stone help to make a connection with nature. Muted tones help but are not necessary. The key is to make your space warm and inviting for you: a place where you feel as if you are in a cocoon.

Layers and textures make your bed an inviting place to sleep.

I’ll admit some days are dreary and dull – it can be a struggle to do much at all, but when these kind of days come around the simple lighting of candles and use of warm accent lighting make all the difference, turning a cold vibe into warm. Watching the snow fall from the comfort of my cozy corner, napping with my dogs, finishing that book are all things that bring me peace and happiness during those days.

A cozy corner to curl up with a hot toddy and a good book.

Is it no wonder many of us are embracing this wonderful way of life? If you haven’t tried it yet I encourage you to give it a go. You won’t regret it!

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