From Minimalism to Hygge lifestyle Transformation ideas
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
I keep a casual home. I like plush couches and coffee tables where a person can put their feet up. Adding hygge to the home is really just a matter of making it feel warm and comfortable. When it’s cold outside, nothing feels better than a roaring fire.
If you don’t have a fireplace, you can get the same effect with candles (Scandanavians love their candles).
When it comes to furniture hygge is all about texture, natural materials, and calming colors. Since it’s casual and comfortable. You can make simple changes like swapping your light bulbs for a warmer color, tossing a fuzzy throw on the couch, and hanging some inexpensive light strings. Instant hygge!
Most of the year, I eat clean, uncomplicated foods. In winter (especially during the holidays), I try to make more room for life. On a cold Saturday night, there’s nothing better than spirits and a hot meal with friends. What would hygge food be like? Think rich flavors, bowls of stew, crusty breads, spiced meats, and hot drinks with pastries. In short, comfort food.
Having great food and an inviting home doesn’t do much good if you keep it all to yourself. Hygge is all about sharing your time, home, space, food, and attention with friends. Have friends over for a casual pot-luck, and play cards by the fire. Everyone should understand that it’s not the time for serious discussions about work, religion, politics, or anything else that might cause woe.
I always have a few hobbies going, but they somehow feel more important in fall and winter. It’s easy to neglect outdoor hobbies when the weather cools off, but connecting with the outdoors can have benefits all year. If nothing else, a cold hike makes it that much more enjoyable to come home.
Mindfulness and hygge go hand in hand. During long, cold winters, it can be especially important to practice gratitude. Taking the time to appreciate ordinary experiences (a cup of coffee, a warm sweater, reliable friends and family) helps you maintain a positive outlook. You may even find yourself becoming grateful for the challenges in your life.
The silence of winter leaves more room for meditation or prayer. Slow down your daily rituals and try to connect with them more deeply. Making a conscious effort to shift your mindset toward positivity and gratitude can enrich your life well beyond the winter months.