This week’s Take 3 topic is: Hygge.
As we understand it, Hygge is the art of creating sanctuary and community. It creates well being, warmth and closeness and celebrates the everyday.
All three of us try to apply hygge to all aspects of our life. Our homes, our work, our play.
So here are some tips on how to create Hygge in the everyday.
My first tip is creating a comforting ritual and one of my favourites is a good coffee ritual. To me, its not totally about the coffee, but about meeting a good friend (or a sister), watching the barrista make the expresso, froth the milk and put a flourish on the latte. The calmness of the coffee shop, the process or preparing the coffee, and the company create calm, peaceful and contentment for me = Hygge.
Quitters Coffee is Stittesville, Ottawa, is an excellent place to practice Hygge.
My second tip is furry friends. Furry friends can be great for Hygge.
At home, we live out in the country, so I try to embrace our surroundings, switch off and follow one of the central Hygge essentials, which is pets/furry friends.
Here was a visitor to our front yard this Winter.
And here is my best furry friend.
She is central to almost all my Hygge at home.
My final Hygge tip: create a comfortable spot and read. Reading on our porch is that spot for me. I just need some tea, a blanket and my bookclub book and I’m ready to Hygge.
Wishing you warmth and hygge.
Ais’ Hygge Life
When S first explained to me what Hygge “hoo-gah” was I instantly knew that this was something I could get down with. One way I have a Hygge lifestyle is by making sure I find some time for self care and unwinding. I rarely have trouble celebrating life and others achievements but I do tend to forget about relaxing and recharging. I love being comfy and find I achieve better things and more things when I take some ‘me time’.
I try setting the mood by doing several different things.
I lower all my lights and light my candles. I find that candles can transform the room from bright and busy to warm and calm in mere moments. Whether they are scented or not it will calm your space and allow for a flickering break in the busy days. It is so calming. I have been using drip candles so that they also make pretty cool bottles with all the different colours!
Once the mood has been set I like to continue by making myself a fancy hocho. I make it slowly by boiling milk on the stove so that I can slowly smell it floating in the air. I always put it into a special mug to add that Hygge life into each choice. I top it with ‘Ais’ Special Whipped Cream ‘ which has a drop of doTerra Peppermint essential oil to add a minty taste that slowly releases its flavour into the hocho! It is brilliant if I do say so myself.
As a side note, I have recently added essential oils into several parts of my day to day life and have noticed a big difference! I will be sure to tell you more about the ones I use and the oils I want next in another post soon.
Once my treat is made, my candles are lit I curl up on the couch and pick a movie that I have seen 100 times. I love rewatching movies and finding new reasons to love them. Whether it’s a missed joke or remembering a favourite line.
Today the movie I’m watching is one of my favourites.
She’s The Man. It’s a 2006 teen rom-com with Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum about a girl who pretends she is her brother in college to be able to play soccer. Niamho and I have watched it more times than I care to admit and I think I laugh harder each time. I quote it on the regular and love how that when I watch it I laugh real belly laughs every time so that I can fully encompass a Hygge lifestyle by celebrating the small and happy things in life!
How do you hygge?
Niamho’s Hyggely Afternoon
Hearing the word Hygge for the first time brought visions of Hermione Granger correcting Ron “it’s Leviosa, not Leviosaaaaa!” I just couldn’t get it.
Hygee or Hoo-gah or Heu-guh?
Meik Wiking, writer of The Little Book of Hygge recalls the time when Winnie the Pooh is asked how to spell love and he responds “you don’t spell it, you feel”, so is the same with Hygge. However someone chooses to pronounce Hygge is unimportant, but rather the feeling it creates is where the importance lies. It has been described as the coziness of the soul, togetherness, comfortable mindfulness or even cocoa by candlelight.
Here are my three Hygge prompts
- Engage the Senses.
For my hygge time, I had ready to bake warm White Chocolate Cranberry Scones from Thyme and Again, topped with butter, honey and cream and a homemade a latte. I then found the perfect place on the porch at the cottage, from where I was sitting I could see the lake and three bird feeders. I was lucky to be surrounded by nature’s beautiful music today, when I get back to the city I will be sure to use calm.com to fully get into the hygge mood.
- Cozy and Comfortable.
This summer has been frightfully cold, which also makes it perfect hygge weather. My cozy look today came from a big woolen blanket, my uncle’s old sweater(shhh he doesn’t know I have it) and the perfect cottage socks!
- Mindful Moments and Memories
A great way to Hygge is by writing in a journal. This is a great way to remember past hygge moments and to be mindful of the present moment. I have been making my way through the Happiness Planner, which S gifted me a while ago. It offers wonderful prompts and advice that fit the hygge feeling, it is great planner especially for those who are new to journaling.
Turns out, hygge is definitely my cup of tea!
Ps. here was my view. Can you see the loon? Très hygge!