How to Hygge- A Guide to Getting Through the Winter

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The Danish Concept of Hygge

If you’re bummed by the gray winter skies and chilly temps, you could probably use a dose of hygge. Read on to find out how to hygge your way through the winter.
cozy window seat with fuzzy blanket, tea and books

Get Cozy

Hygge is loosely translated as “coziness.” It’s that and so much more, but let’s start with the cozy:

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1. Abandon your home and get a cozy cabin (we’re kidding! sort of).

2. Stock up on warm, colorful blankets. We’re thinking classic Pendleton, and handmade patchwork quilts.

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3. Cuddle up with your pets, loved ones, and a good book.

4. Speaking of which, get off the internet for a bit and write a real letter to someone you haven’t seen in awhile.

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5. If forced to leave your cabin, cover yourself in warm, cheerful knits. In fact, think about fully outfitting yourself for winter, so you won’t dread the cold weather. Some ideas:

 

Real winter boots- there are plenty of options that are both cute and cozy.

Silk long underwear – it’s lightweight, and feels amazing against your skin.

Ultra warm Smartwool socks.

Lined convertible mittens– they keep your hands cozy, but you’re still able to use your fingers. A winter essential in our book.

Proper headgear – find a hat you love, and wear it! Also, don’t underestimate the power of cute earmuffs.

sleeping kitten enjoying some hygge time

Cultivate Closeness

Hygge is very much about close relationships! Don’t forget to make time to forge bonds with your community, and strengthen friendships.

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1. Get together, even if it’s just for board games (we love this one).

2. Bake some goodies for friends, family, or co-workers. Better yet, do some baking together!

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3. Arrange a sledding day for kids and adults. Slip notes in your neighbors’ mailboxes challenging them to a snowball fight! Have a snowman building contest.

4. Do something nice: Shovel a neighbors driveway, volunteer for a service like Meals on Wheels, or look into volunteer opportunities with local charities.

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5. Have a spa day with your friends (or host a DIY spa day at home–which has the added benefit of not leaving your cozy abode)

6. Give a little bit of winter cheer, just because, wrapped up in pretty paper.

Something for your BFF

Something sweet for the hostess

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a very hygge teapot with a crocheted cover

Celebrate the Everyday

Hygge is all about taking time to enjoy the simple things, like everyday rituals and items.

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1. Life’s too short for bad tea (or coffee)! We love Harney & Sons Tea, and Kicking Horse Coffee.

2. Bring home some plants–and finally be that person who knows how to keep them alive. Even a little windowsill succulent will brighten a gray day.

Air plants are low maintenance and easy to buy online (and will give you an excuse to buy this pretty brass planter mister).

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3. Learn to make your favorite comfort food.

4. Take advantage of your lunch break to take a walk, and get a little sun. Not a winter person? Yeah, we aren’t either. But once you’re safely back inside, you’ll be glad for the mood boost.

We also swear by sun lamps, frequent conservatory/ greenhouse visits, and Vitamin D.

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5. Make bath time a ritual. It doesn’t take much to turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary. Think beeswax candlesbath bombs, super soft towels, and maybe even a tub caddy. Soak, relax, and get nice and pruny.

6. Don’t underestimate the power of music! Whatever your favorites are, make sure music is part of your day.

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7. Instead of focusing on all the things you miss about warm weather, enjoy all the great things about winter. What vegetables are in season? Isn’t this a great excuse to make mulled wine? Aren’t big, fuzzy slippers wonderful?

All About Hygge

Looking for more hygge inspiration? Check out Etsy’s cozy hygge picks, or read up on hygge!
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