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 naive enough to think that being on your own or with your tribe, in isolation, 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 longer and we finally get to see a little more of the sunshine why not find a snuggly spot by a window? 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 bunny ones for Easter from Not on The High Street. 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 Easter bits and bobs and a bunch of daffs or two from your supermarket order, cheap but so cheerful. Check out our Easter boxes here, one sharing box and one vegan.
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 on your own for your daily dose of allowed exercise 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