Well, you may not be far off. Scandinavian countries are ahead of the curve when it comes to fostering a lifestyle that fully embraces taking it easy. Widely known as hygge (hoo-gah), this lifestyle and home decor trend prizes comfort, self-care and contentment by embracing your home as a cozy haven. It may help that many Nordic areas are full of vast fields and fresh air, but the Danes believe that hygge can be made functional in any environment.
Whether you’re just trying to get through the last few weeks of colder weather or recharging for spring, you can use these seven steps to enjoy a simpler life and living the Scandi way.
It’s tempting to hibernate when the weather doesn’t exactly agree with a deep desire for a beach chair in the hot sun. But when the weather starts to thaw, it’s important to get outside.
There are plenty of benefits to getting some fresh air. Take a walk, go for a jog or simply grab a seat on the front porch with a cup of coffee and a snug blanket. Soak up the available rays, and take a deep breath to truly relax the hygge way.
Getting comfortable is essential to adopting a hygge lifestyle. Comfy couches and beds make me feel relaxed at the end of a long day at work. If you’ve been waiting to invest in something new, now is the perfect time. On average, most people spend about a third of their lives in bed. With a staggering statistic like that, make sure you’re not devoting too much of that time to anything less than perfect.
Try a soft and cozy bed in a box delivered straight to your door for an option that is both affordable and convenient. Your sleep cycle (and back) will thank you!
Hygge is all about making the most of life by staying motivated through slow seasons. While it’s great to relax and refresh, it’s also key to be engaged in different activities. Pick up a new hobby or start participating in an exciting exercise class.
Another awesome approach for having motivation is to display necessary tasks. Hang white boards or calendars in plain sight to keep encouragement at the forefront and tick off every item on your to-do list.
Sound body, sound mind, right? For many, it’s easy to get wrapped up in social media that may elicit depression or loneliness. Resist the urge to respond to any news story you may disagree with by unplugging from electronics for a couple hours each day.
Instead, find a good book that can aid in personal development such as empowerment novels or mood tracking notebooks. To really take advantage of hygge, hit the bookstore to do some browsing and add to your physical collection, rather than relying on ebooks.
If you don't care for reading, podcasts and audio books are a great alternative, even though you aren't as unplugged.
It’s the little things that really count in life. Hygge your way to contentment by taking advantage of simple pleasures. Set time aside to appreciate all that you have by acknowledging even the easiest tasks. Be thankful for food on the table and a roof over your head by recording your thoughts in a gratitude journal. At the end of the day, a little old fashioned gratitude can go a very long way!
Now, following these steps isn't hard, in fact it's really simple! Living the Scandi way is trendy because not only is it easy, but it makes you feel good.