How the Danish Concept of Hygge Can Help You Find Balance

How the Danish Concept of Hygge Can Help You Find Balance

The Danes seem to have lots of concepts around how to live, living more healthy lives, or finding balance. The reason they are in the news recently is for something that they have practiced their whole lives. The word hygge (hoo-gah) is that feeling you get while playing with friends by the fireplace, feeling cozy with a cup of tea, or enjoying a good book indoors. Find out how hygge can help translate your life into more balance and peace.

Creating Cozy

The Danes are obsessed with interior design because homes bring in the cozy feeling you desire. The one thing every home needs to practice hygge is a ‘hyggekrog,’ or cozy nook to enjoy coffee and a newspaper. You can bring hygge into your space through candlelight, nature, and textiles. Danes feel the need to bring the outdoors inside (leaves, nuts, twigs). When there is a wooden table, it brings another feeling into a space as opposed to the feeling of glass or plastic.

Self-Care Kit

Instead of coming home after a rough day, try a self-care ritual that increases the R&R you get from downtime. It can help to cultivate a self-care kit which can include anything, including:

  • Chocolate
  • Herbal tea
  • Soft blankets
  • Warm wool socks
  • A good book
  • Notebook or pen
  • Photo album

Learn a Craft

Crafting is part of feeling that cozyness of hygge. It is that slow, steady rhythm of calming yourself after a long day. It helps you stay laid-back. If you can’t knit, there are plenty of crafts to try including sewing, doing puzzles, anything you can do that is handmade and helps you focus on calming yourself. Try:

  • Slow flow yoga
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Writing or journaling

You can also make hygge treats like cookies, cakes, and pastries. Starting new traditions with loved ones can build hygge in your home. The goal is to find what works for you in your space and build your own form of hygge that makes you feel more at peace.

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