It’s winter and your body is telling you to slow down and get cozy. Adopting the concept of hygge can help.
In the Tao of Pooh, author Benjamin Hoff encourages us all to be more like Winnie the Pooh by following a path that “evolves from an inner sensitivity to the natural rhythm of things.” In terms of surviving winter, this means slow down and enjoy the season.
Winter naturally makes us more introspective and less social. It’s not easy to get out in the dark and cold days, so we often stay inside. The natural rhythm of the season is slow. Like bears, we may feel like hibernating.
Time for hygge
So, how do you make the most of a slow and sleepy season? For the answer, I look to the Danish. The Danish are known for being able to stay happy year long by creating a sense of coziness, comfort and security that they call hygge (pronounced hoo-ga).
The feeling of hygge is cultivated with hot coffee and tea, light from candles, heat from fireplaces, warmth from blankets, socks and sweaters, and the comfort of having a small group of friends get together. It’s pretty simple to create a cozy environment, so the real secret to hygge is to be purposeful in your intentions.
Plan ahead. Purchase candles, stock your pantry with teas, and have plenty of warm socks and blankets ready. Anticipating a comfortable winter with a sense of hygge is much better than anticipating a cold and isolated winter.