HYGGE AND SELF CARE
Self Care the Hygge way
Unless you’ve been on the moon you’ll have heard lots about the Danish phenonomen Hygge; think hot chocolate, cosy fires and family time. And it’s all about happiness. Apparently our Danish friends are amongst the happiest in the world! So how do you do self care the Hygge way?
Candles are a must
There’s no Hygge without candles! So cosy up in the evening, light as many candles as you can and relax! I think there’s something magical about candles, and the Danes do too. If you ask Danes what they most associate with Hygge it’s candles. And
candles go nicely with self care, there’s something relaxing about having candles around you.
Don’t Forget the Food
Food is at the centre, hearty family meals, with you all gathered around the table. I can’t think of anything better! As a nutritional therapist, I’d add that healthy food can be hearty and comforting too, so get cooking and get your family around your dining room table. It should be an occasion, a feast that you really enjoy.
Have a Bath
Get your favourite bubbles, light those candles again and soak away your troubles in a deep, warm, relaxing bath. Putting some relaxing music on the in the background is always good too. I’m a bit advocate of making time just for yourself and this is another element to Hygge, quiet time just for you.
Be Around Those You Love
This one makes me happy. It’s all about getting together being around people you love. And research shows that feeling connected and close to others makes your life more meaningful and that in turn makes you happier. Win, win!
Be Here Now
Hygge is all about pleasure, being in the present moment and enjoying everything life has to offer. So switch off your phones, turn your computer off and be in the moment. I know it’s hard, but taking time out from technology and just ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’ is fundamental to your health and wellbeing.
And this links on from being in the moment, being grateful and not taking things for granted. Really appreciating the moment and being grateful all at the same time. This is another one where research shows those that practice gratitude (and I don’t think it necessarily needs to be a practice but more of a way of being) are happier, less likely to experience stress in different situations, recover better from trauma and are more helpful and forgiving. With all that in mind, why wouldn’t you add a bit of gratitude to your day?
The Ultimate in self care
The Danes definitely know what they’re talking about, there’s nothing you can’t disagree with in the way they enjoy life. They indulge, they look after themselves, they spend time with the people they love. It’s about a feeling, the sounds of crackling fires, something comforting. And this can only be good for you – the ultimate in self care.
This article was written for Proper Post by Nicky Duffell who is a registered nutritional therapist and Mum to 2 gorgeous kids. She’s passionate about health and wellbeing, and everyone looking after themselves so that they have the energy to deal with whatever this crazy life has to throw at us. Find her at Nicky for Life