Hygge Lifestyle

10 tips to add some Hygge to your life

What does hygge mean?

In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cosying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. And there’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.

-VisitDenmark.com

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We have finally entered my favourite seasons of the year, Autumn and Winter. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the summer with the hot sunny beach days and bodyboarding, but for me Autumn and Winter is where it’s at. Autumn has such beautiful colours in nature, with beautiful oranges and browns, and its crisp chilly mornings and evenings.

But, what if you’re not a fan of the darker colder months? How do you survive the long dark days without feeling low, tired and un-motivated? I do have some more tips in my Winter Survival Guide too, so after you’ve read this post, head over and get some ideas.

Something that has really helped me with this in recent years is making Autumn and Winter all about Hygge. As described above, Hygge can be explained as creating a warm atmosphere, but can also be described as ‘being cozy’.

Here are 5 ways to create a bit of Hygge into your life this Autumn and Winter.

Use Candles.

Whether you like plain or scented, candles always add some instant hygge to a room. There is something soothing and cozy about candles instead of main lights. However, it’s important to be aware of the health and safety risks, so make sure you ventilate your room after burning candles, and always make sure they are extinguished after use. These from Etsy look amazing and are natural and handmade.

Go Tech-Free

Nothing say Hygge more than being present and enjoying your surroundings. Turning off your phone and focusing on whatever activity you are doing, makes it so much more enjoyable!

Hygge Baking

Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked bread, or Pumpkin Spiced Muffins wafting through the house on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Drink Hot chocolate

The coffee lovers will be coming for me with this suggestion, but hear me out! Hot chocolate is a great alternative to coffee, especially when trying to create a little Hygge. Maybe add marshmallows and cream to be indulgent.

Hygge Music: Autumn Playlists

This idea could be used alongside some of the other ones here. Spotify, amazon music, youtube, there are lots of places to create playlists for lovely relaxing autumnal music. I personally use Spotify, here is my favourite autumnal playlist.

Social time

There is a reason that the definition of Hygge includes gathering with good people, friends and family. It’s because that is what generally makes people happy. At the moment, this may be limited to online only (thanks, Covid-19), but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy each other’s company, albeit virtually. If you can’t meet up face-to-face, you can use Facetime, Zoom, and many other video calling services.

Accept the Weather

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are almost guaranteed rain, wind, storms and hail. If you’re lucky enough to live at the very top, you’ll be getting snow too! As long as there isn’t any extreme weather, there is no reason why you can’t wrap up warm and go for a walk. If you have children, we used to love puddle jumping!

Crafting

While out on your autumnal walks, pick up as many natural items as you need to make some art or craft pieces. You could collect leaves, foliage, pinecones etc and make a wreath or Christmas decoration.

Play with your pets

If you have pets, it’ll come as no surprise to you that stroking and playing with them is soothing and cozy, both for you and them! Brushing them, playing with them, there are so many things you can do with your pets to create a feeling of Hygge.

Watch a Hygge inspired DVD

Netflix, Amazon Prime or just a good old-fashioned DVD. Dig out your favourite film and have an afternoon full of watching some autumnal, feel good movies! Personally, I love Enola Holmes and Emily in Paris.

I hope that has given you some ideas of how to create a bit of Hygge in your home this Autumn and Winter! For other ideas, have a look at Emma’s post about it here.

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(12) Comments

  1. Great Post, I love Candles and hot Choco, they even make a hot chocolate candle.
    Its always good to have time away from social media, I forget sometimes.
    Thank you ❤️

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Emma. Social Media can be great, but sometimes its useful to limit the time on it 🙂

  2. I love everything about hygge! You’re making me want a hot chocolate. I love candles too, think a trip to TK Maxx is in order 😅

    http://www.doodleheart.co.uk

    1. ClaireG says:

      Haha, got to love the candles at TK Maxx too!Thanks for the comment Hannah!

  3. I had never heard of hygee before! I do love your list however which contains many of my favourite things.

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Melanie. I think Hygge is only just starting to become more well known here in the UK, but we do a lot of these things anyway!

  4. I have a hygge book and love the ideas and tips in there

  5. I love autumn and getting hygge! You are so right it’s the best time to snuggle up with pets and hot chocolate!

  6. I love going out for a walk in the woods at this time of year and trying to identify the trees and fungi. It is good to come back to slippers and a hot drink.

    1. ClaireG says:

      I wish I knew more about things like identifying fungi and plants! Sounds like fun!

  7. These are some great tips to add hygge into our lives. I especially love candles and hot chocolates for comfort and relaxation. Self care is so important.

  8. Great post. Hygge is definitely my version of happiness. Hot chocolate, candles, cosy nights in front of the fire having a nice home cooked meal.

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