Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah” is a comforting lifestyle trend that the Scandinavians swear by – here’s how to embrace it this winter and beat those miserable dark nights
1 Eat comfort foods
Hygge is all about comfort, so what could be better than a big warm bowl of porridge, topped with your favourite berries? Not only is this warming and comforting, it’s also a good source of slow-releasing energy to keep you fuelled throughout the day and keep your solar plexus chakra in check, meaning you become more aware of your own internal energy.
2 Get outdoors
Fresh air and long walks are always encouraged to lift the spirits and encourage wellbeing. Embrace the outside world and explore what Mother Nature has to offer. Wrap up warm in your favourite coat, hat, scarf and gloves, too, in case you have a snow flurry!
3 Enjoy mood-boosting treats
As well as comfort, Hygge encompasses the ideas of happiness and nourishing the mind and body. Raw chocolate is a great Hygge food, as it contains natural substances that are said to boost your mood and happiness levels, including one called phenylethylamine, which is said to be released in higher amounts in the brain when we’re in love. It’s also rich in magnesium, which is associated with relaxation.
4 Have me-time
It is so easy to forget to take a break from sitting at your work desk, or to visit your favourite coffee shop and watch the world go by. Hygge is all about simple moments that you don’t always appreciate or make the most of. Why not try making a week-night romantic meal for your loved one, lighting a few candles and turning off any distractions in order to really enjoy the time together?
5 Embrace dark nights
It’s not all doom and gloom because the light ends at 4pm. Spend the evening sitting by a warm log fire, don knitted socks, burn scented candles and wrap up in warm blankets in front of the TV. Happiness is key to embracing the hygge lifestyle, so give it go this winter!