This year has been extremely challenging on many fronts and it’s caused a deep level of fatigue, depression and angst.
So, I want to introduce you to a Danish term “Hygge” (pronounced, “HUE-geh”), which encompasses a way of life by being cozy. You might have already begun instilling this cozy ethos, by chance during sheltering, but here are ways to make this practice a conscious choice instead of a default response.
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things”.
According to the author, Meik Wiking, who wrote The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, “Hygge is about creating a cozy, comfortable, physical environment: lighting candles, snuggling up with soft blankets, and consuming soothing drinks. But it’s also a mindset and philosophy. It’s about who you choose to surround yourself with and what you choose to spend your time doing. It’s about being with people we love; a feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allowing ourselves to let our guard down.”
When you are intentional about your cozy choices it has direct physiological, scientifically proven, health benefits:
- Reduces heart rate.
- Increases oxytocin response, a “feel good/ love” hormone.
- Reduces stress and increases a sense of well-being.
- Improves cognition, emotional and physical experiences.
- Makes you more creative and socially responsive.
So, go ahead and intentionally embrace the philosophy of COZY this Holiday Season and into the New Year. Be mindful of your negative self-talk and change it into positive affirmations. You can find an easier path in 2021 and this concept and lifestyle might just be the answer.
Top of the Season to you!!!!!!!!