I wanted to start this post off by saying that I am NOT taking the threat of COVID-19 lightly. I don’t want to talk about the negative aspects of this pandemic, there’s too much of that out there.
What I DO want to talk about the fact that the biggest thing people can do right now to stay safe and healthy is to just STAY HOME as much as they can. With staying home, comes the exciting opportunity to make it as cozy, comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Don’t know what hygge (pron: hue-guh) is?
Here’s the definition: A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
And here’s the manifesto that breaks it down. >
Now that you have a fresh reminder of the basic elements that Hygge engenders, we can get down to business:
Embracing Hygge During a World-Wide Pandemic.
Woah, never thought I’d be writing this post.
The following is a checklist of basic things you can do/have to make your time away from the world a little more cozy.
- Comfy Blankets:
Because, well, they make everything better!
- Books, Notebooks & Games:
Entertain yourself in ways that are outside of your norm.
- Nourishing Food:
Keeping your immune system healthy has never been more important.
- Sweet Treats:
Find some basic comfort in your favorite dessert. You deserve it.
- Unscented Candles:
Candles create a relaxing and comforting glow that will bring you the calm you need right now.
- Hot Tea, Cider & Coffee:
Just like comfy blankets, a hot drink will help soothe your stressed soul.
- Clean, Open Windows:
Letting in natural light and fresh air is extremely important in times like these. Take all the fresh air you can get!
- Cute, Cozy Loungewear:
Because if you can’t leave the house, you might as well wear something cute & comfortable to lift your spirits.
- Indoor & Outdoor “Hang Spot”:
If you set up a spot with pillows, blankets, and a place to put your feet.. You’re more likely to spend time there. Find your “hyggekrog”.
- Charged Phone & Laptop:
So, usually your phone & computer wouldn’t be part of a hygge checklist.. But while in quarantine, or practicing social distancing, it’s important to stay in touch with the people you love.
- A Safe, Drama Free Environment:
Turn off the news! Get off Facebook for awhile! You cannot be comfortable and at peace if you’re constantly stressing out.
- A Fun and Comforting Playlist:
Your favorite music will momentarily melt your worries away.
- Toilet Paper:
If you can find it, that is. Hah.
Hopefully this post helps you understand the importance of making your environment warm and inviting in such a turbulent, unknown time. Implementing the Hygge lifestyle will not only bring you peace, but will bring unexpected joy to the little things in your life.
Stay safe out there, we’re going to make it through this.