Hygge and why it’s more important now than ever
In these times of unknowns and stress we’re looking at Hygge and why it’s more important now than ever. Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with family and friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. No one is naïve enough to think that working from home when you’re used to the camaraderie of the office, or used to being out and about a lot, is going to be the most fun but making it feel cosy, warm and enveloping is important. Soothe yourself and your gang by taking care of yourselves and creating a haven around you.
Hunker down and Hygge
As the days become shorter we want to make the most of anytime that the sun is shining and get outdoors to enjoy the Autumn rays. Indoors a cosy blanket for your knees and you can snuggle up by an open window and gain that all important Vitamin D and all the hormone boosting serotonin you can get. Light those lamps early and maybe invest in a few battery operated fairy lights from an online retailer like these pretty star lights from Amazon. Light up a dark corner or perhaps pop a string a vase for a pretty centrepiece. We also love to bring the outside in and have some twigs decorated with Halloween bits and bobs.
Just for you
We know we talk about it a lot, it’s probably because we’re always striving to achieve it ourselves! But, time alone, spent doing something just for you is just as special and important as time spent with others. Especially as we’re all in close quarters at the moment! So whether you like snuggling under a blanket with a new book and a cup of something warm to one side, a walk for your daily dose of outdoor vitamin D time, or you prefer a candlelit bath and a chance to empty your mind, these moments can be just as special. If you’re alone during this time then getting out and spotting the kids rainbows in the windows and seeing the odd other walker might help to lift your spirits.
When looking to strengthen your immune system your diet is the best place to start. Remember the Hippocrates quote – ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. Think about what you are eating and whether it has value. Just starting by making sure you and yours are getting at least 5 a day is great and anything extra on top of this is fantastic. If you need some inspiration then check out the recipe section on our website for plenty of seasonal meals, snacks and treats. Why not try our refried beans for a quick, simple meal or our breakfast muffins which make a super start to the day.
Let me entertain you
All those board games, boxed sets and podcasts have suddenly come into their own as we try to find ways to fill the time. Maybe this is time to learn a new language, watch Game of Thrones at last, paint the hall or do some crafting? The media can just heighten anxiety at times like this so it’s important to have a little time each day when you turn off the phones, ignore the world and just be in the moment.
Below is a list of some of our favourite things to do when we have time and want to create that special moment that’s Hygge! We’d love to hear yours too.
Watch with the kids – The Planet Collection
Calm and peaceful – Downton
Sharpen up those detective skills – Sherlock
Good for getting rid of nighttime anxiety – Boring Books for Bedtime
Happy foodie, family chats – Table Manners with Jessie Ware
Clever medical and life advice – Dr Chatterjee
A mecca for crafters – Hobbycraft
Kids quick, simple craft boxes – Cotton Clara
Fluffy, felty wonderfulness – Gilliangladrag