Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Feeling safe, warm, and connected especially after being outside in the cold for a period of time.
(Adapted from www.dictionary.com)
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, most of us have just passed the midwinter point and many of us are anxiously awaiting snow melt and the first signs of buds on the trees. Often this practice of hygge is shared at the beginning of the winter to “cozy in” and prepare for the cold, short days and long nights ahead.
I find that the beginning of the winter season is busy with holiday preparations and celebrations, and it is midwinter when I really need to put practices into place to support myself as winter slowly releases. Many people experience the "seasonal slump" this time of year (which may be even more challenging because of the pandemic). If you are feeling this too, this practice may be just what you need.
How to make a Hygge nest:
Wood for your fireplace or wood stove - If you don’t have a fireplace, several candles are an option or find a virtual fireplace on YouTube or Netflix!
Candles - Beeswax candles are a nice gift from our bee friends, are clean burning, and are believed to remove pollutants from the air.
Your favorite tea or another hot beverage that you enjoy.
A teapot (if you have one) – there is something special about pouring tea from a teapot.
Your favorite warm socks.
A nice cozy blanket that you really love!
A cozy chair or couch to curl up on or an ottoman for your feet.
A hand craft to work on and the supplies to go with it (knitting, drawing, coloring, painting, journaling, puzzles).
A book you’ve been longing to read.
Cozy pajamas or lounge clothes.
Soothing, relaxing music.
Some form of aromatherapy if scents don't bother you.
An eye pillow scented our unscented - used for the hygge nap!
Even if you don’t have all the items on the list, a blanket, candle, book, and cup of tea can be enough.
First, head outside for a walk, hike, to play in the snow, or participate in one of your favorite winter outdoor activities. When you return, notice how it feels to transition from the cold to your warm home. Then grab your favorite things, find your spot, and snuggle into your hygge nest!
Signs of hope...
Did you know...that even though the Earth may appear to still be sleeping...
...that daylight is increasing each day?
...that sap is flowing inside of the trees preparing for flowering and growing leaves?
...that seeds underneath the soil have begun to awaken and absorb nutrients?
...that sometimes we need to rest before blooming?
...that in that rest, blooming is still happening under the surface?