If you have not heard of the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) recently, I would like to know what isolated island you have been on please! A concept that has been around with the Danes for centuries, but only recently captured the imagination of the rest of the world as a lifestyle concept and philosophy. And what a great one it is too!
In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. It’s cosiness, a simplicity and an intense moment of pure joy and bliss in something simple and pleasurable.
Danish winters are long and dark, so finding ways of restoring wellbeing, warmth and happiness is key! Hygge is a philosophy; a way of life that has helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity, time to unwind and slowing down the pace of life.
But you don’t need to be Danish, and you don’t need to be in the throes of a cold, dark winter to experience Hygge! Create space and time to enjoy simple pleasures. Connect deeply with those you love, and you are a Hygge champion.
Embrace hygge by enjoying beautiful candles, a really good coffee, and soft, warm woollens. The lifestyle extends to home décor too, embodied in woven textiles, blond wood, sheepskin rugs and a warm and welcoming fireplace!
Few things are more hygge than this really amazing essential, scented candle. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle with West Indian Bay & Myrrh is perfectly luxurious and relaxing. Exquisite West Indian bay and myrrh essential oil blended candle will instill a sense of peace and tranquillity when needed the most. Crafted from natural plant wax, set in frosted glass, beautifully gift boxed and with approximately 32 hours of burning time, this is the perfect indulgent treat for yourself or a loved one. The candles are hand-poured in the United Kingdom and made from the highest quality soy wax with unbleached cotton wicks.
Another way of expressing hygge is to take time alone, and pamper yourself a little. I absolutely love face masks, and to try out Sarah Chapman Skinesis Instant Miracle Mask means I can have a gorgeous weekly time out. This unique setting mask is designed to lift, smooth, perfect and brighten while pores appears smaller.
Part of a healthy mind and soul is how we connect with others. People show their appreciation for each other in different ways, some with words, some with physical affection, some with practical actions and some with thoughtful gifts. Think about your loved ones, and what you could do for them today to make their day a little brighter and happier.
So, now you know a little more about the hygge lifestyle, it’s time to get cozy and live it up!
And I’ll see you soon in my next article, on the perfect morning skincare routine…..later, my cozy, happy ones!