Hello hello, how the heck are we?
My post today is on the buzz-word of the moment, the subject of the season, the autumn craze in every lifestyle magazine going – hygge.
What’s that? I hear you ask. Well, hygge (pronounced hoo-gah, I say it like hugger because I think it’s nicer and I never claimed to be Danish anyway) is something that we don’t have a precise word for here in the UK, and is essentially the pursuit of cosiness and inner warmth to help us not to feel as rubbish as we normally would in the colder, darker months.
Imagine fairy lights, candles, a mug of something delicious and great company. That’s hygge. A pair of cosy socks in front of a roaring fire. That tomato soup advert where the girl’s glasses fog up. That (in my opinion) is hygge. It’s about that cosy, warm and safe atmosphere in which you can let your guard down and enjoy the company of friends and family. Speaking in harmony and reminiscing, appreciating the present moment and respecting the people sharing that moment with you. Talking about politics? Go for it – but as soon as it gets heated you’re defeating the object of hygge. Hot drinks > hot heads anyway. Eat a hearty meal for your tea and savour something sweet afterwards! Light some candles and put your favourite music on, allow yourself to be in the moment and enjoy every second. Pour yourself some cocoa and put your feet up – you know you want to.
Winter is long, and winter is dark. Show yourself some kindness and you may well enjoy it as much as the brighter seasons. Leave me a comment & share your favourite hygge moments!
Love, Isabelle X