The week before Christmas -- are you feeling a little frazzled, worn-out, stressed? Our days is filled with a long to-do list with very little time for self-care.
It's time for a change. Come along with me (and my Danish roots) and embrace the hygge life this winter.
So what is hygge? I'm glad you asked.
First things first - it is pronounced "hoo-ga". This Danish word is not easily translated. It is better defined as the concept of feeling "cozy contentment and well-being by enjoying the simpler things in life". Maybe it is making the time to read a good book, or enjoying a warm cup of tea or cocoa, and just lighting a few candles at night to give your home that warm glow. Did you know that Denmark is known to be the land of happiness?
My Danish heritage comes from my mother's side of the family. She perfected the hygge life. She made sure the guests in our home were comfortable, always fed, and she always had time for warm conversation. This was especially evident during the holidays when the mood in our home was light and joyful - never hectic or hurried.
So here are a few ideas for you to put a little more hygge (Danish happiness) in your life and practice a little self-care during the holidays.
- Go for a walk. Breathe the fresh air. Take notice of nature.
- Get something warm to drink. Tea, coffee, hot cocoa - dress it up with honey, whipped cream, or marshmallows.
- Take a break from social media and watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Read a good book, learn to do a craft, play a board game with friends or family.
Let's be intentional this holiday season about slowing down and relaxing and practicing a little bit of self-care. It's a difficult world out there so take a few deep breaths and hit the reset button. May joy and happiness be your best gift this year.