Hygge: Get Cozy for Proper Self-care

In Denmark, the people enjoy a hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) lifestyle that involves creating a moment of coziness, especially in the wintertime when it is cold. Denmark has long and cold winters, but the residents want to spend a lot of time with their relatives and friends, so everyone tries to have enjoyable hygge moments that will create a feeling of warmth. You don’t need to be from Denmark to want hygge moments, and with these winter self-care tips, you can also feel cozier during a snowstorm.

Have Candlelight in Your Home


If you live in Denmark, then you will rarely find scented candles on display in a home, but you will find many unscented lit candles instead. Most Danish people have a lot of plain white candles throughout a home, and they light the candles to create a cozy ambiance. The unscented candles are lit throughout the day and are in every room of the home. You can find plain white candles on Amazon, and place them in candleholders throughout your home to create a cozy atmosphere.


Cook Your Favorite Comfort Foods


In the winter, you can overcome the feeling of darkness in the winter by cooking your favorite comfort foods. You might want to have a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese, or you might prefer mashed potatoes with fried chicken. To increase the feelings of coziness, invite your friends over for a potluck buffet of comfort foods. Hygge is all about indulging! You can also have a cooking party to learn how to prepare the most popular comfort foods from Denmark.  Check out this Scandinavian recipe book!


Create a Quiet Oasis Inside Your Home


You should also have a quiet oasis inside your home where you can rest and relax after a difficult day at work. This special area might be a window seat that is filled with soft pillows and a warm blanket so that you can read your favorite book. Alternatively, you might have a quiet area in your living room or bedroom that makes you feel peaceful and cozy.


Visit a Nearby Cafe


On the weekends, you could meet some friends at your favorite cafe where you can sit for hours talking about nothing while drinking cups of coffee and eating delicious desserts. Yes, please! Spending time with your friends may give you an intense feeling of contentment or coziness that is indescribable, making it a hygge moment.


Enjoy a Favorite Hobby in the Winter


If you don’t have time for a hobby during other times of the year, you may have the time during the winter months. Choose a hobby that you can enjoy at home or with your friends. You might want to learn how to knit in the winter, a hobby that you can also take with you to a friend’s home. Alternatively, you might want to learn more about collecting coins from around the world, or you may want to learn more about woodworking.  Whatever it is, this is the perfect time of year to learn a new hobby.


Create Numerous Cozy Moments in the Winter


Additional cozy moments in the winter can include lighting a fire in a fireplace before relaxing in front of it and listening to music (one of my fav ways to unwind and relax), or you can have a warm bubble bath (Love this one by The Honest Company) and then massage lotion into your dry skin.


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