As I stand on a crammed train with some screaming kids with grubby hands, I struggle to maintain my calm, composed self. One of those moments I try and remember what the Danish would do.
Hygge is something of a buzzword at present but do you find yourself wondering what it really means..?
Well…hygge comes from the Danish way of living and generally translated to mean cosy, nice atmosphere to promote a happy and content lifestyle. So at this precise moment in time, I find myself questioning why I am spending my time commuting to and from London on packed trains. I can feel myself going off on a tangent in a minute, so I am going to stay on point – how can we all incorporate hygge into our lifestyle..?
Surround yourself with Candles
If, like me, you love candles then this one won’t be a problem. There is something instantly calming about flickering candlelight. Lighting is always key to achieving the correct ambiance and what’s more cosy than a candlelit room while it’s dark and probably cold (if you’re in the UK) outside.
Stock up on blankets for all occasions
Not only do they look nice but blankets are an essential for a cosy, relaxed day or night in. Never underestimate the impact of a 10 minute chill – cup of tea in hand, all cuddled up in a cosy blanket. Sometimes you just need a snuggle to relax.
Don’t stay late at work
One of the delightful Danish ways of living is promoting a healthy work/life balance. Leaving work on time is an important element to this. One I more often than not, don’t manage but I am making a considerable effort to try and do at the moment. It’s either live to work or work to live and you have to evaluate what is more important to you.
Take your lunch break, at lunch
I don’t know about you but I get a little (ok maybe quite) cranky if I am hungry and this can be avoided if we stick to lunch at lunchtime! There are countless studies backing up the valid 1 hour lunch break and its importance to take it. So I don’t need to keep stressing how important this is for you. Just take a lunch break!!
Cook healthy comfort food
Who loves a dinner party..? I know I do. This is something Danes are always being praised for – it’s important to take time away from all things tech and sit down with your loved ones to actually chat to each other! Have some staple healthy cosy recipes that can encourage friends and family round to yours to sit down and have a good natter. I love cooking soups and they are also a great way to get a vitamin shot, if you need inspiration I have a great tomato soup recipe everyone will like here.
So there you have it, just a few easy things to incorporate hygge into your life. Do you have any tips or do you live by the Danish ways at all?