How to Achieve the Danish Idea of Hygge in Your Living Space
Here are some ways to incorporate hygge into your bedroom.
Hygge is difficult to translate word for word as it’s about a whole way of living and all the complicated ups and downs that come with human life. It is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being'. Signe Johansen, author of ‘How to Hygge: Secrets of Nordic Living’, explains that hygge is about ‘making the most of the short time we have on this planet … And being kind to ourselves and those around us’.
Hygge is much more than the physical space around us. It encompasses our relationships and friendships, our mindset, and the way we spend our time. It is a way to create space not only in your physical environment but in your mind, relationships and emotions.
The physical space aspect of hygge is still important, though, and throughout lockdown, hygge has instilled an awareness in my mind about the things I buy. I currently live in my boyfriend's parents' house, with our bedroom as our main space. We actively try to keep it as tidy as possible which does help, however, it has made us take into consideration the way we fill up our space. Before any new purchases, we ask ourselves: will this make us happy? What purpose does this serve? Do we need it? Do we want it? Why do we want it?
Here are some top tips to bring hygge into your living space.
1. Let some light into the room
There’s nothing worse than a dark room. Letting some light in will not only boost your mood but also shine a light on the state of your space. I’ve found having it all on display in the light of day encourages me to keep things tidy.
2. Open a window and let the fresh air in
It seems like such a little thing, but just cracking a window can be a big help to your physical space and prevent you from feeling cooped up during lockdown.
3. Plants, plants, plants
This is something I’ve been a lot more into over lockdown. Being able to keep them alive gives me a sense of achievement and responsibility. They brighten up the room and come with a whole plethora of benefits.
Who doesn’t love a candle? My favourite types of candles are the Wood Wick candles which give an atmospheric glow as well as the wonderful crackle of a real fire. They brighten up any room but are also great for boosting your mood and instilling some calm into your day.
5. Mental wellbeing
Looking after our physical space can, in turn, motivate us to look after our mental space. Despite the gratitude you may feel for having a place to live, it can be tough sharing a space with others. For me, hygge allows me to create an emotional space to look after my mental health.
6. Happy shelf
I have a happy shelf filled with little things that make me feel good. This reminds me to always look after my happiness. It’s such a low maintenance way to appreciate the space around you and take you to a place of calm, away from any unwanted thoughts.
A little bit of meditation can bring rare moments of peace during an otherwise busy day. It’s a way of checking in with your body and mind from a place of awareness and without judgment.
Some days it is incredibly difficult to feel grateful for anything and we can feel that the world is crashing down on us. However, gratitude lists help you appreciate the simple day-to-day things that we often take for granted. It could be something as simple as a hot drink, a relaxing shower, or a comforting meal.
A little bit of hygge goes a long way.