What better way to start and finish your dog sled adventure day than with a little Scandinavian culture? Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Scandinavian concept for a mood or feeling of cozy contentment and well-being brought about by enjoying the simple things in life.
What is Hygge?
Dating back to the end of the 18th century, Danes often liken the word hygge to the American word “freedom.” Hygge is especially valuable during the cold, dark winter months when we all crave a little magic, or maybe just more time snuggling up at home. We think huskies make the best four-legged snugglers, but we’re a little biased.
Consider how long and cold our winters are here in Alberta, Canada. We could all use a little more comfort and well-being in our lives.
Seven Ways To Embrace Hygge Culture
1. Light candles or a string of fairy lights to create atmosphere. The warm glow of candlelight can brighten your mood and increase dopamine levels. Candles aren’t just for dinner parties, try lighting them in the mornings to bring a little magic to the start of your day.
2. Snuggle up under your favourite warm, soft blanket or throw. Missing vacations and holidays? (Bonus points for weighted blankets). There’s nothing quite as relaxing as the escape of a good story or book.
3. Make a brew. Hot drinks not only help rehydrate, but they also help soothe our nervous system. From herbals teas to hot cocoa or apple cider, there’s a hot drink for everyone in the family.
4. Light a fire. There’s something so calming about the sounds and smells of a crackling fire. Curl up with your favourite book and hot beverage for a winning hygge combo.
5. Wear comfy clothes at home. We all do it, why not celebrate it. Seek out soft, natural, breathable fabrics like cotton, wool and linen. Invest in amazing PJs, the coziest fluffy slippers and the lushest deep weave robe.
6. Create an at-home spa, light a candle, add some essential oils and whip up a homemade face mask.
7. Use the power of music to bring nature into your home. Try forest sounds, waves or even rainstorms to help you get into the mood.
The best thing about hygge culture is that it doesn’t have to cost anything and you can do it by yourself at home (hello, covid restriction friendly). If you really want to embrace hygge considering creating a special nook in your home. A place that fills your soul with comfort calming ease. Something we all could you a little extra of these days.