Hygge, the Danish practice of cozying up, will be a game-changer for your winter lifestyle. Here are seven ways to embrace the coziness of the season.
Hygge was all the rage during winter 2016, and we’re willing to bet that it’s made a permanent mark on the way people spend their winters. In case you missed it, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish concept that essentially translates to cozying up. There’s no one particular definition, but think candlelight, flannel PJs, wine by the fire, and other soothing, cozy things.
It seems that more and more, people want to tune in with their emotions and live according to the seasons. Gone are the days when ladies would force themselves into heels and fancy dresses to spend their winter evenings at loud, crowded bars. Nights at home sitting by a fire or taking a bath sound vastly preferable. Here’s how to turn inward and practice this wintery tradition as the weather gets cold.
Decorate With Candles
Lots and lots of Candles. It’s no secret that candles create a certain ambience that simply can’t be recreated any other way. They give off warm, friendly, soothing, romantic vibes. Candles, candles everywhere!
Cook A Fine Meal
Instead of going out to fancy restaurants full of loud music and complete strangers, take to your candle-filled kitchen. This can be great for date nights (we’ll get to that in a minute), girls’ nights in, or even a solo evening with a mug of bone broth and some music. Keep the lights dim and get cookin’! (In fact, we’ve got 50 healthy recipes to help you get started).
Sip on Some Bone Broth
Bone broth promotes a healthy digestive system, but that’s not the only reason we love it for winter: We also love it because it’s yummy and super warming. Sip it like you would a cup of tea, adding in some herbs for flavor, or use it to make soups and stews to your heart’s content.
Take a Bath
Self-care has never been more popular, and we’re not complaining. Decorate your bathroom with candles, turn off the bright lights, and grab a glass of wine, a healthy mocktail, a glass of kombucha, or a piping cup of tea.
Drink a Warm Cup of Matcha
Matcha green tea is certainly heating up in popularity, and for good reason. It’s packed with antioxidants and also contains L-theanine, which provides focused, alert calmness to the mind. Make a warm matcha latte and curl up to enjoy a cozy day at home.
Take Up a New Hobby
Ever wonder what you’re going to do with all this newfound relaxation time? Spend the hours you would normally spend getting dolled up to go out learning new hobbies. If you’ve ever wanted to try painting, knitting, or blogging, now’s the time to get started. Let the spirit of the season inspire you.
Enjoy Date Nights In
While we often think of date nights as an opportunity to go out, there’s no rule that says you have to. Create a romantic night in by setting the mood with candlelight and essential oils in scents like cedarwood, pine, clove, vanilla and cinnamon. You and your date can share a bottle of wine, play a board game together, or cozy up to watch a movie. Don’t be lazy about it though — make a night out of it by decorating your home with comfy furs and twinkling lights.