This past weekend, Scott and I took an impromptu trip to Boston for the Clemson game. We stayed with friends from Columbia who moved up north, and also got to hang out with my brother, sister-in-law, and baby nephew. It was a really lovely weekend, the kind of vacation where you come back feeling refreshed and restored, and not like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation. We took our days slow, spent lots of time just chatting, and even though it was cold out, I always felt really cozy (except at the football game…I could not feel my feet).
Last year learned about the concept of hygge from my friend Alexis. Hygge is a Danish word that don’t translate perfectly to English, but basically means a sense of coziness, comfort or contentment from an everyday moment. Now that I know the word for it, I feel like I notice those moments and am able to have some gratitude for it. As someone who has a tendency towards getting wrapped up in to-do lists and is perpetually overbooked (a super fun combination, especially when you throw some anxiety into the mix), I’ve been trying to be more intentional about slowing down, having some appreciation for the little things each day, and intentionally creating some moments of hygge.
Here’s some of the ways I’ve been enjoying hygge lately:
Diffusing essential oils or lighting seasonal candles
Last year I got an essential oil diffuser and I basically carry it with me into whatever room I’m in. I’ve been loving peppermint and grapefruit during the day to wake me up, and this one at night to fall asleep. I’m also really into seasonal candles, and even though it’s still 70ish degrees in South Carolina, I’ve moved past my fall Honeycrisp apple candle and on to basalm fir scented candles. I’m anti-early Christmas - except when it comes to candles.
Love looks from the pups.
It always warms my heart when the pups look up at me with love. I can’t not stop what I’m doing to give them a kiss on the forehead.
There’s nothing like putting on a good pair of fuzzy socks. Sometimes I even bring a pair to the office to put on between clients - weird, I know. My favorites are from Arie.
Recently I noticed that the red leaves are the first to fall, and the yellow leaves like to hang on a little longer. There’s one tree in my neighborhood that’s always the first to change colors, and it’s my favorite fall tree. The leaves are so big and…hygge!
Last year for Christmas we got new bedding from Parachute and it has been life changing. Every night when I get into bed, I try to take a moment to soak in the coziness. Taking a few deep breaths and rubbing my fuzzy socked feet together has become an essential part of my bedtime routine. The other cozy part of my bedtime routine - listening to this bedtime story podcast. My favorite episode is “A Block from Home.”
Cooking with Scott.
There’s something special about creating a meal together - it’s a nourishing, loving act to feed someone else, so cooking together is like a collective act of care. Now I just need to learn how to not back-seat chef him ;)
Watching The Good Place.
Usually I trend towards murdery, scary or depressing shows. Or documentaries. But I’ve probably seen each episode of The Good Place at least three times. It immediately puts me into a good mood, even when I’ve had a really bad day.
Mindful eating is a helpful skill, but it’s not always possible in the real world. The cool thing about mindful eating is that it’s always there for you when you have the space for it. Most days I eat my lunch in front of the computer, but I’ve been trying to schedule in a couple slow lunches a week, whether it’s out at a cafe, or just reading news articles while enjoying lunch at the office.
Impromptu bakery trips.
There’s nothing like getting a cup of tea and bakery cookie, just because.
Where have you been finding moments of hygge lately?
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