As with most things I am late to become aware of different trends, usually a year or two after they have become popular.
Hygge (pronounced ‘Hue-gah’) is a Danish term for finding pleasure and comfort in simple and everyday things, with an emphasis on comfort and coziness. I only discovered the term towards the end of last year, when The Bloke bought a Hygge book for his sister at Christmas and it was something that I immediately connected with.
After having a particularly stressful few days during the week and being low (partially due to the constant rain and dull weather we seem to have experienced over what seems like months), I decided to devote today to having a full Hygge experience in my own home. The Bloke was going to be out for most of the day as he was visiting his family, so it was the perfect chance for me and the cat to indulge in a relaxing day…
I prepared for it the day before by tidying up my living room – the place where I planned to spend the day – bought an unsliced crusty brown loaf of bread, French onion soup and prepped a sausage casserole (one of my favourite dishes) for my evening dinner.
First thing this morning, I went for a leisurely walk to the park to try and get some nice pictures. It had lightly snowed and was freezing, but I wanted to get some fresh air as a positive start to the day.
When I got home, I put on a pair of freshly washed, clean flannel pyjamas, a comfy, oversized cardigan and a pair of thermal, fluffy socks. I turned the heating on and opened the curtains as wide as possible to allow as much light as I could into the room.
I then created a little ‘nook’ on the couch filled with cushions, pillows and fluffy blankets (which the cat loved as much as I did), and lit some scented candles.
I climbed into the blankets and spent fifteen minutes meditating and practicing deep breathing – my bloggy friend Lucy swears by this and has often recommended that I try the Insight Timer app, which I downloaded a few weeks ago.
Instead of turning the television on, I picked up one of the many books that I have been meaning to read for a while, and read until I felt I’d had enough.
I cooked the French onion soup, topped with cheesy brown bread croutons, did a little bit of social media and decided to watch a film. I didn’t want anything that would cause levels of stress, so I put on ‘Valley Girl’ – a ridiculously cheesy-but-feel-good 80’s film (and Nicolas Cage’s first film) – and smiled all the way through it. The cat had nestled himself amongst all of the cushions near my head by this point and was busy snoring into my ear.
As it started to get dark, I put the casserole into the oven and ran a hot bubble bath, turning the lights off and lighting candles all around the bathroom. I put in my favourite relaxing playlist and practiced more deep breathing while I lay in the bath.
By the time The Bloke got home I had got out of the bath, changed back into my pyjamas, cardigan and socks and the casserole was ready. We talked and laughed, and he had a little snooze.
And as I sit here, writing this post, I feel more relaxed than I have done in a while – cosy, warm and happy.
What to bring more Hygge into your life?
- Create a relaxing space filled with cushions and fluffy blankets.
- Snuggle up in knitted clothing.
- If you have one, light the fire in your living room.
- Candles, candles, candles!
- Do something creative that makes you happy – knit, sew, write, read, colour, draw, paint…
- Have technology free hours. Turn off the electronics and be mindful of your surroundings.
- Make comfort food that requires slow cooking.
- Treat yourself with hot and comforting drinks. I’m not a fan of things like tea and coffee, but I did see a recipe for cinnamon hot chocolate with marshmallows that I’m desperate to try!
- Be aware of and take comfort with your surroundings…
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This sounds delightful. I use Insight Timer and have found it very useful. Can’t wait to have a Hygge day, too😊
I’ve only recently discovered it and I’m finding it really useful – let my know how you get on with your Hygge day!
Sounds like Bliss. Blessings Joy
It reeeeeeaaaallly was Joy haha! Thank you!
I love this!! It’s amazing how therapeutic it can be to switch off for a day. I had planned to get loads done today, but after dropping my son at work I ended up snuggling with the cat and watched a couple of films!! It was great! Great post, Suzie. Hope the rest of your weekend is just as chilled and full of laughter (& kitty cuddles) xx
Thanks Shelley! What films did you watch?
Ha ha, should I admit this!! Snow White and the Huntsman, and then Bridesmaids! 😉
I love both of those films! Chris Hemsworth’s accent is a bit offputtimg though…
Oh sorry, does he speak?? 😉
Love this! Have a book of it myself X
Thank you! Which book do you have?
I’m all about the simple things in life. Sounds like bliss to me! 😊
Absolutely! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by everything!
That sounds like the perfect day
It really was Matt – I’m definitely going to do another one soon!
my sister was the first person who spoke to me about Hygge. it sounds to me a very interesting philosophy, so I would like to try 🙂 thanks for sharing some tips!! wish you a relaxed weekend 🙂 PedroL
Thank you – let me know if you try it out!
oki 🙂 PedroL
I only recently found out that there was such a thing as the Hygge movement. But once I read about it I found out I had been a part of it since birthday. I guess it’s a Scandinavian thing.
Yeah, it’s certainly something I wish I had discovered earlier!
Fantastic to hear how relaxed your day was! I’m so happy for you 🙂 I read a great book about this very subject called ‘The year of living Danishly’ by Helen Russell, and I absolutely loved it! As we have friends in Denmark and have visited many times, I got the whole Hygge thing. She also looks into other reasons why Danes are among the happiest people but one of the main reasons was hygge.
Ooh lovely – where do they live?
Just a bit out of Copenhagen, so it’s a great place to visit and live the real Danish life :).
I think that the new fad for hygge just tells us that we’ve forgotten how to relax. We’re always ‘on’ and we’re always inside under artificial lighting. If hygge encourages people to spend more time outside, even in winter, I’m all for it.
You’re so right April!
That’s a new yet happy kind of day and sure willing to give it a try. Thanks for introducing this here, Suzie. ❤
Thanks so much my lovely!
This sounds blissful!
Oh my gosh Ritu it reeeeeeeeeeallly was!
I need one of those days… the
Right. Who wants a hubby and two kids for the day??? 😉
Hahaha! Your family looks lovely, but I’ll stick with the cat haha!
😂 honestly… I do think Blame you!! 😂
Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day. I will need to try that soon!
Thanks Jennifer! Let me know what you do!
Sounds perfect. When can I move in?! 🙂
Haha! You’ll have to share the spare room with The Bloke’s comics, figurines and DVD’s if that’s ok?
Nice movement, Suzie!
Wait, that sounds weird….
I love the idea of mindful relaxation, and I feel cozy just reading this! I’ll have to brainstorm some ideas to do something myself, whilst working around the three kidlets (16, 19, and 22) and hubby. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks Traci! I don’t have children so I’m taking full advantage of having me time while I can!
My hubby and I have just indulged in a little hygge… we had a night away, (pre-valentines treat,) no kids, no distractions, just the two of us, it was wonderful!
I’ll bet! Where did you go?
We went to a lovely old town in Lincolnshire – Stamford. Very nice, and stayed in a hotel with a spa… 🙂
Ooh lovely! I love a good spa!
I love this! 🙂 I’m going to start making this a priority! 🙂
Thanks Lisa! Let me know what you do!
I will! 🙂
This is surely a learning experience for me. It is the first time hearing about this Theory. Sometimes I spend too much of my free time engrossed in social media and hardly ever make time to catch up on a good movie or just enjoy the ambience of my apartment. This method seems very relaxing and worth a try.
It certainly is – I’ve always enjoyed me time but this was more of a targeted me day… Definitely something to do again!
I really need to have a hygge day to myself! This sounds bliss!
It was one of the best days I’ve ever had!
Oh this sounds just lovely. I love making a nest and snuggling up to relax, be it with a book, some guilty pleasure TV, my fur babies, and/ or the husband. 🙂
It’s the best feeling isn’t it!
This sounds delightful. Sooo needed right now. 💖 Glad it worked so well for you. I’ve heard this term but never fully embraced all this. (Also, what’s the Insight Timer app? I’ve been trying different apps for a few months but haven’t heard of this one.)
Ooh the app is full of really useful meditation exercises and it tracks your progress – exactly what I need haha!
Ahhh… We should all practice such self-care more often. This is timely as my husband and children are off skiing today. I will definitely bring some Hygge into my day. Thank you!
Ooh exciting! What are your plans?
Amazing way to spend a day! I’m a big fan of these kinds of days, but calling it a Hygge day makes it sound even fancier, and to the uninitiated it wont receive one of those judgemental eyebrow raises from people who hate to relax… Lovely post, Suzie 🙂
Thanks Shaun! Do you do this sort of stuff often?
As often as we can! We like to book a carefree Sunday in when it’ll just be about getting Cozy and Watching/Reading/Playing something we can just enjoy… No distractions allowed! (Unless you count the cat)
That sounds so nice… I understand about the cat – mine is source of a large amount of my entertainment haha!
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This sounds heavenly, I’m going to have to plan one of these days for March!
You really should – one of the best days ever haha!
Oh my gosh, this sounds utterly delightful. Thank you for sharing- and also can I get the sausage casserole recipe? Sounds amazing!
Ooh definitely! I’ll do a recipe post if you like?
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glossy tips 🙂
Absolutely love this! Definitely going to be devoting myself to having a hygge day tomorrow 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Kayla! Let me know how you get on with it!
Living in Wisconsin, you need to practice TLC in the winter! I’ve definitely done hygge-ish things, but I love your idea of creating a day around it. I swear by baths and candles. Add an audiobook, I’m in heaven! My sister also gifted me with an oil diffuser and I’ve liked that for focusing my mood. And since we keep our thermostat at a very chilly (and drafty) 62 degrees, I live underneath blankets b/t November – February. Happy hygge!
I can imagine haha! I can spend hours in hot baths – one of the best ways to spend an evening!
Love hygge times here!!
Thank you! What are your favourite things to do?
This takes relaxing to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! Do you do this sort of thing?
Ahhhh this sounds lovely! ❤ Funny enough I love the simple things so much I named my blog around it. I think being able to enjoy the simple things helps us appreciate life and reminds us to slow down. Glad you had such a wonderful day ❤
I couldn’t agree more! Thanks Niki!
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Tweeted and enjoyed. Think I might have been doing this for years😁
Thank you! Self care is so important!
I, um duh, had no idea what the heck ‘Hygge’ was/is. Now I do, but it’s probably so over by now.
It’s only just beginning haha! I see new posts on the topic all the time!
I really find ZenFriend app useful for meditation. Just a suggestion.
I need a hygge day very soon now !
Thank you – I’ll check it out!
Interesting set of suggestions. I will settle for a book or may be a blog with coffee! best way to relax!
Haha! I don’t like coffee but can definitely relax with a blog or book
I know many people don’t like tea or coffee which fine. We need to be comfortable, in the end! 🙂
I have only recently heard of this too, Suzie, but it does sound delightful. 🙂
Lovely post. I do love a bit of Hygge. Must dig out my flannel pyjamas. x
Haha! It seems that lots of others love your Hygge ideas too!
I definitely feel in need of a hygge day! Lovely. 🙂
Sounds like a lovely day! I definitely want to create more space for screen free time.Being housebound, I practically live in my cosy pjs and am always covered in blankets with support cushions, but I still don’t make much time for the slow and simple things offline… I will make some time in my schedule!
It’s so important to take some time for yourself and simplify – really helps with the self care and happiness!
Mmmmm sounds divine! I didn’t know the name for it, but I naturally did a lot of that before marriage & motherhood threw chaos, Carp fishing (tackle) and Lego onto the mix!
Space to breath is good for the soul x
Oh my gosh yes it is – even if it’s just half an hour…