The weather outside may be frightful – whether a winter of record-breaking low temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, etc. or a summer of extreme heat and humidity with storms, floods or hurricanes – depending on where you live. Hygge attitudes and practices can help us get through weather extremes of all kinds and other stresses any time of year.
Perhaps it’s not the weather but other factors that are causing stress and anxiety. Personal or societal tensions and conflicts abound. There are things we can all do to regain and maintain our equilibrium and inner peace.
I invite you to embrace the Hygge principles of self-care like togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence, and comfort. Small effort and not much money are required for this and the payoffs can be significant.
Anne Roderique-Jones provides a fun overview of Hygge and its benefits in this article “I Practiced Hygge and It’s Kind of the Best Thing Ever” which appeared in the December 25, 2018 issue of Self Magazine. After reading The Little Book of Hygge and implementing its suggestions, her conclusion was:
While hygge is not just about making sure you have (certain) elements in your space—after all, the main component of hygge is that you’re feeling present and spending quality time with yourself or your loved ones—the book did offer up plenty of advice that helped me get to that feeling of coziness and contentment. All in all, I can say with certainty that hygge is my jam. … Right now, when our world feels a little bit uncertain, hygge is a way to practice self-care that feels sincere.
Self care isn’t an escape from reality. It is a way to refill yourself with the energy, focus, and peace that will enable you to do your best, whatever the situation.
The Little Book of Hygge will get you started.