Getting jiggy with hygge: 5 ways to do it right
By Isabelle Bennett, Features Editor
Hygge: it’s not the name of the side table you just bought at IKEA, the nickname of a Harlem Globetrotter (as far as I know) or an alternative way to write the sound that sneezes make for those whose level of sophistication is above the common man’s, “achoo.” It’s actually a Danish term (pronounced hue-gahhh) that English doesn’t really have a translation for — but must wish it did because it’s so dang cool.
Because there isn’t a direct translation, it’s difficult to clearly understand what it really means. My understanding (based on a culmination of about six internet definitions) is that it refers to a feeling or atmosphere of warmth, coziness, comfort and contentedness. It also incorporates peacefulness, aliveness, connectedness and pretty much everything else that’s good in the world. Yes, we could all use a little more hygge in our lives — and here are a few ways to get it.
1. Smelly, happy candles
My gosh, what are you waiting for? Candles — though excellent for filling decorative purposes — are wasted if not burned. There’s no better way to add a little ambiance to a dinner table or coziness to a living room. My personal favourites are Capri Blue candles because of their heavenly scent and adorable jars.
2. Pillows, blankets and pyjamas
There’s something so soothing about being warm and cozy (ahem, hygge) in the midst of a bundle of clothes. I’d also argue that no one is ever too old for a blanket fort or to be tucked into bed mummy-style — what else are roommates (or mothers) for? And if you don’t already have some, reading socks are a must for achieving maximum coziness.
3. Eating your feelings
I’m a big proponent of intuitive eating, which is basically an anti-diet approach to eating based on your body’s natural hunger or fullness and making choices about what to eat based on the way certain ingredients make your body feel. In my humble opinion, it’s okay if your body occasionally needs a cookie to help you feel happy or soup to help warm you up from the inside out.
4. Cash in some rest and relaxation
Relaxing hobbies like knitting, listening to music, going for a nature walk and so many others are an excellent way to slow your mind and body down for a hot minute. Another great way to slow down your mind and body is with a nice nine-hour nap. You decide.
5. Spend time with (or without) people you love
Extroverts recharge by being around others, introverts recharge by being by themselves, and either is okay and allowed. Chill by your lonesome or seek out good company and break out the board games if needed.