Fancy a Hygge?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘Hygge’ mentioned, but you may not know exactly what it is. Well, let’s start with how it’s pronounced…’hoo-gah’ – it’s a Danish word which means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life. In Denmark, Hygge is a way of life and probably contributes to the Danes being voted the happiest people in the world!

 

So how do we embrace Hygge? A good place to start is in your home and making sure that it feels cosy. Natural materials, soft lighting, throws, cushions, open fires and candles are all Hygge. (Did you know that the Danes burn more candles per head than anywhere else in Europe*). Create an atmosphere that you can unwind in and enjoy some ‘me-time’, or enjoy with friends over a dinner. But it’s not all about home furnishings. A hot cup of tea can be Hygge, or a cold glass of wine or bottle of beer. In fact, a calorie filled Danish Pastry can be Hygge. Anything that makes you feel content. In general the Danes don’t diet, but nor do they binge, they are just kind to themselves and don’t self-criticise, which makes them happy and this reflects on the people around them.

 

We may have just changed our clocks to start British Summer Time, but Hygge isn’t just for the winter months. If anything, with the lighter evenings we might be trying to cram more things into our busy lives, so it’s even more important that we manage to take some time out to relax and enjoy ourselves. So why don’t you try to inject some Hygge into your life?

 

To get you in the Hygge mood, we’ve selected our top 6 Hygge picks:

 

1.      Luster Hurricane Lamp £47.99, Hoo-gah Scandinavian Homewares 

 

 2.      Chunky Knit Throw £220.00+, Lauren Aston Designs 

 3.      Jam Jar Cluster light £190, Jam Jar Lights 

 

 

4.      Small log basket £49.95, Decorator’s Notebook 

 

 5.      Luxury Real Leather Bean Bag Stool £74.99, Bean Bag Bazaar 

 

 6.      The Book of Hygge £12.99 , ASOS 

 

 

All prices correct at 31/03/2017

* according to the European Candle Association

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We’re two Mums who are getting through motherhood one day at a time whilst enjoying Yoga and other ‘me time’ activities. We don’t profess to be experts in Yoga, Pilates, exercise, meditation, the human anatomy or medicine and we’re certainly not experts in parenting. We are simply sharing our experience and opinions and occasionally those of people who’s advice we value, and we’ll always reference them. If you’re unsure of starting any new exercise or practice, please consult your GP. And if you’re unsure of purchasing any products we suggest, please consult your bank balance!