Looking for ideas to add some hygge into your life? Hygge isn’t a fancy ritual, or overly complicated planned event. It can be as simple as taking a moment for yourself to be present. Here are 10 simple ways you can start feeling the benefit of hygge today.
1. Take a nap
Naps are a great way to feel refreshed. You could take as little as 30 minutes, or go all out and take a few hours.
2. Listen to music
Turn on the radio, stream your favorite streaming service, or listen to an album. Music has a profound effect on our mood and can help us relax, unwind, or feel more energized.
Meditation may not be for everyone, and it can take practice to perfect. But even if you just sit for a moment and breathe, and try to channel out the day’s worries, it can help your mood immensely.
4. Drink a warm drink
There’s nothing like a warm drink on a cold day. It warms your hands, and create a warm glow from the inside out. Whether it’s a caffeinated coffee or tea, or a sweet hot chocolate, whatever your drink of choice, be sure to be present in the moment and enjoy every sip.
5. Turn your cell phone off
This might be difficult for many of us to do in the eternally connected world in which we live today. But just try switching off your cell phone for an hour. If you really can’t bring yourself to do that, then at least leave it in another room on silent.
6. Take a bubble bath
If you have a bathtub in your home, fill it up with warm water and some bubbles, turn off your phone, light some candles and turn on some relaxing music, and just enjoy a few moments of peaceful relaxation.
7. FaceTime / video call a friend
Talking to a friend can really brighten up your day. If they live far away, a video call is a great way to keep in touch.
8. Watch a movie
With so many options for great movies, snuggle into the sofa, grab a blanket and some popcorn and start watching something for a couple of hours of escapism.
9. Spend time with your pets
It’s well known that animals can help heal us and boost our mood. Instead of rushing around to feed them, walk them etc, slow down and just simply spend some quality time with them.
10. Read a book
One of the easiest ways to get some time for yourself and unplug, is to read a book. Whether it’s fiction or factual, a good book can help us loose ourselves and unwind from the day.
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I’m off to have a relaxing bubble bath now with a good book…