The Danish art of hygge could be the answer to unwinding and finding time to destress in your busy life
Hygge is a Danish word, which best translates as the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming and the feeling of taking pleasure from the presence of gentle and soothing things in everyday life.
For many of us who juggle busy work and home lives we can find ourselves living unknowingly with stress, which can increase blood pressure and cause trouble with sleeping. With that in mind, perhaps the Danish secret to happiness will help to lift your mood and improve mental wellbeing by enjoying life’s simpler pleasures.
Here is our guide to making your life more hygge…
1. Calming Candle Light
When it comes to hygge, candles are essential, which is why according to the European Candle Association, Danes burn more candles per head than anywhere in Europe. There is something warming and comforting about the flickering of a candle. Keep it simple and opt for beeswax candles rather than scented as nothing about hygge is artificial.
2. Switch Off
Hygge is about living life in the moment – and while mobile phones are essential to today’s lifestyle – they often distract us from appreciating the here and now, including quality time with our loved ones, which can improve our mood. What’s more, the overuse of social media has been found to increase stress levels so putting down your phone could also help reduce stress, which will have a positive impact on maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
3. Get outside, or if it’s too cold, bring the outside in
The thought of hygge conjures up images of cosy, candle lit rooms but the Danes also know the benefit of fresh air and being surrounded by nature. Wrap up warm, put on your snuggly scarf and enjoy the beauty of nature in the depth of winter. There are multiple health and wellbeing benefits of being close to nature which will help you through the winter months.
For those days when it is too cold or you just don’t feel like being outside, bring the outside in and cosy up in front of a log fire for a feeling of true hygge.
4. Mindfully indulge
Don’t deprive yourself of the good things in life – hygge is about indulging in things that you enjoy but without overdoing it. If you live a healthy lifestyle most of the time, it’s OK to enjoy guilt-free indulgences so savour that piece of chocolate cake!
5. Spend quality time with friends and family
The best things in life really are free when it comes to hygge but with busy lifestyles, it is becoming more difficult to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest. Try to make extra effort to enjoy meals together or family evenings to boost happiness and general wellbeing as research shows that good relationships with others can have a positive impact on your blood pressure.
Finding happiness and taking time away from your daily work and home routines can have a really positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Why not try the Danish art of hygge for a happier, healthier you?