Winter can be a little depressing at times. With cold temperatures, bad weather and even darker days, you’d be understood to think there isn’t much to love about it. But besides the obvious plus points of things like Christmas to enjoy, new year to embrace, and let’s not forget snow, there are other ways to really embrace the winter season. Hygge is something that the Danish people use in their everyday lives. The Danish are known as the happiest people in the world, and many of them will explain the reason behind this is Hygge. For those who don’t know, it’s all about embracing those cozy comforts. So I thought now the weather has really turned this would be an ideal time to share with you some of the ways you can make your own evening routine a little more Hygge. Who knows? You may grow to love the winter months.
Add candles to your living space
Many people would agree that lighting candles can create a comforting ambiance in your home, and this is something that is extremely Hygge. So instead of using lamps or keeping those bright lights on, why not get those candles out instead and create a cozier environment to relax in. You could even consider scented ones to add a lovely scent to your living space. If you are looking for something relaxing, then Lavender always works well, but there are some amazing winter scents like mulled wine, apple cider and festive scents that could inspire you and set the mood.
Embrace those slow cooked winter meals
No routine is complete without your evening meal, so what better way to embrace the Hygge spirit and consider something slow-cooked and warming? Stews, soups, and casseroles are all wonderfully slow-cooked and can feel like you are receiving a warm hug with every bite. Slow cooking isn’t a la carte creations, but if you are stuck for some inspiration, then websites like SlowCookerKitchen have a great selection of recipes online to inspire you.
Do things that make you happy
The winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, so ensure you include things that make you happy in your evening routine. It can be something as simple as writing in your diary, which is a great way to maintain the good gut and health in general. If that means enjoying a hot chocolate or something stronger while enjoying your favorite TV show then so be it. Embrace the coziness by getting comfortable and enjoying a good book, or even switch off all technology and have a conversation with your loved ones and family.
Lower the lighting and get the fire roaring
Hygge is all about being warm and cozy, so lower the lighting and if you can, get a fire going. If you don’t have anything like that, make sure your heating system is working, and your home is toasty warm. There is something quite relaxing about being in your comfy clothes, watching a fire and ready to enjoy an evening ahead.
Snuggle up with your loved ones
Finally, be close to your loved ones. Snuggle under the blankets with your children or partners. Or even cuddle a fluffy hot water bottle or your pets if it’s just you. Enjoy the relaxing vibe and embrace the comfort.
I hope this helps you add a little more Hygge to your evening routine.