It was a cold, rainy afternoon at SourcedBox HQ, we were chatting about snacks and clutching hot cups of tea, enjoying the contrast of the blustery, wet weather outside against the glowy warmth of our brand new Ikea globe lamp. Little did we know, we were actually partaking in the Danish phenomenon of ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah).
Hygge is hard to explain, there’s no actual English translation and it’s an adjective, verb and a noun. It’s about taking time away from the fast paced, often stressful nature of life to indulge in soothing, cosy moments such as putting on a pair of woolly socks and sitting by the fire or enjoying a candlelit dinner with friends and family.
Sounds pretty lovely doesn’t it, but how do we add this to our everyday lives?
Until recently I (Caitlin, Marketing Executive at SourcedBox) didn’t have a dining table and instead spent the evenings mindlessly eating my dinner on the sofa in front of the telly. Whilst this meant I was smashing through seasons of American Horror Story with record speed, I definitely wasn’t making the most of dinner time.
Taking the time to sit at the table, with a candle burning (pretty essential to Hygge) and chatting to your loved ones makes dinner time a real event and something to be looked forward to every day.
Spending time with loved ones
WhatsApp your mum, your best friend, your yoga teacher (?) and invite them over to share a pot of tea and some snacks. Spend a couple of hours together chatting and enjoying each other’s company - no mobile devices allowed, fluffy blankets recommended.
Looking after yourself
It can be really easy to rush through life, always moving onto the next challenge and not stopping to take a moment to check in with yourself. Maybe this Friday night, instead of going out to see your friend’s new boyfriend’s band play some questionable indie-pop at the local pub, you have an evening for yourself. Put on your favourite film, make an epic hot chocolate and throw on that really old, but really cosy pair of joggers.
Being mindful in your everyday life and taking the time to indulge in the little moments is the best way to enjoy Hygge day to day. Instead of rushing that mid-morning cup of coffee, take a moment to lean back and sip it slowly, take note of the way it tastes and the warming sensation of drinking it. Instead of wolfing down your lunch go and find a calming space to sit and eat it, pay attention to the colours, the textures. On your walk back home look around at your surroundings and take in the sights and smells, listen to the sounds of the wind as it moves through the trees, and appreciate how it feels to be wrapped up warm in your coat.
Do you think you’ll be incorporating Hygge into your everyday life? Are you already? Talk to us about it @sourcedbox, we want to hear from you.