During these very different and often difficult times, it is important to have a place to cultivate your mindset for the day ahead of you, or reset when the day is over. Take a minute to ask yourself, “Do you have a place that fits this need for you?” If you answered yes, then that is wonderful. How about creating that place in your mind as well? If you answered no, then let's figure out how to create it. In creating this space it is important that it feels cozy, calming and safe. The place you create to focus and recharge might be a reading nook, a great old leather chair with the perfect cup of coffee in hand, or a quiet place in the garden.
The Danish have a term for this special feeling or mindset, Hygge (pronounced hoog-uh)
This word encompasses the feeling of wellness and contentment created by being present in the moment. It is important to give yourself space and time to create these moments in your daily life. Maybe you start each day off wrapped up in a cozy hand woven artisan blanket, and watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee. Is sunrise a little early in the day for you? Us too! How about creating a corner in your home, a hygge nook?
You only need a few things to create this space. We bet you have them in your home already. Let’s start with a candle. Pick a scent that leaves you feeling calm and relaxed. Now what about your favorite drink, a warm cup of tea or a single malt aged to perfection and poured neat? Find a place to sit, take a look around, take a deep breath, be in the moment, really just be there. Let go of the day; the tasks that will need to be done tomorrow and the ones that weren’t finished today. Slow down, enjoy the taste of your drink, the scent and flickering light of the candle, maybe fill your dreamer's soul by flipping through a book about legendary hiking trails. We suggest Wanderlust.
If you don’t have the space to create a hyggelig atmosphere in your home to relax, don’t worry, you can make it a state of mind as much as a specific space. It can be as simple as putting on your favorite most comfy sweats and socks, turning down the lights, lighting a candle and indulging in a piece of decadent chocolate. Maybe take a moment, open the window and listen to the rain in the evening. Go for a walk on the beach, smell the salty air. Sit in the garden on a Saturday afternoon watching the birds flit and play. If you give yourself the time to be present during these moments, they will help to create the space needed to enjoy a moment of calm and contentment in your life.
Remember to slow down, give yourself space to completely enjoy and experience the little moments. Making Hygee a part of your life will help you create a space to feel calm and special even during the longest days. Check out Hyggehouse.com to learn more about the history of this wonderful way of creating space for well being in your life. Don’t forget to share your Hygge space with us on social media and tag your photos with #Homeseedhome!
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Written By: Dianna Armand