Hygge - How to Enjoy Winter
HYGGE - HOW TO ENJOY WINTER
Hygge, pronounced, HUE-gah, is the Danish concept of creating warm coziness during the Winter months and enjoying the good things in life with good people, creating a warm atmosphere. Pulling out your favourite soup recipies and a pile of cosy sweaters. Lighting lots of candles around the house and inviting friends over for drinks and board games.
So if you too are looking for a more social, enjoyable winter this post is for you. Pour yourself something warm, settle in, and have a read.
HOW TO HYGGE
1. MAKE YOUR SPACE AS COZY + COMFY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE
Change your light bulbs for warm-toned, lower wattage light bulbs. Add tons and tons of candles, throw pillows and sofa blankets. Put rugs over bare floors and hang mirrors to reflect all those glowing, flickering candles and warm-tone lamps. I actually have different pillow cases and throw blankets for winter vs. summer. Bring out your brushed cotton sheets for that never want to get up feeling as white cotton doesn't feel as nice in the depths of Winter.
2. DIY SPA DAY
Have a night in with a bunch of homemade moisturizing beauty treatments. Winter can dry out your skin and hair something awful. Why not spoil yourself and arrange a pampering weekend away with the girls, book in-house massages and beauty treatments or even a private yoga class.
3. MAKE A WINTER BONFIRE
When you think about it it makes a lot more sense to have a bonfire on a crisp winter night than during the sticky, sweaty summer. Wrap up and get together with friends and family for evening around a fire-pit, roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. Of course be sure to check out the local fire regulations before you bonfire it up!
4. VISIT SOMEONE WHO IS HOUSEBOUND
Nothing will cheer you up faster than a reality check. If you're feeling stuck this winter, take a few hours to visit someone who is really, truly housebound. Call ahead and ask your friend what time works for them and bring over a snack or meal to share.
5. EMBRACE SEASONAL PRODUCE
Cooking with seasonal produce is healthier, cheaper and better for the environment. We are so lucky in Australia that most produce is in season somewhere in the country, but dig out your favourite soup recipe, there are so many wonderful ones on Taste.com.au. This is one of my always go to Winter soups Paprika Meatball & Borlotti Bean Soup https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/paprika-meatball-borlotti-bean-soup/5e57321c-5ddd-45dc-82f5-0bc6620051f4. I have become a vegetarian since I discovered this recipe, but still make it using Quorn mince and vegetable stock instead...still so yummy.
6. PLAN A REGULAR, ON-GOING WINTER GROUP ACTIVITY
One of the things that bums people out every winter is the lack of connection. Social calendars empty out and we all end up sitting on our sofas, alone, with Netflix. Make socialising and connection a priority; take the initiative! Invite friends over for weekly views of a specific TV show or host a board game night or a potluck. Start a book club or a 'stitch and bitch' in which your friends bring their craft projects and you all sit around crafting, gossiping and nibbling delicious things.
7. HOST BRUNCH
Ladies get-togethers needn't be limited to summer patios and fruity drinks. Why not invite your girls over for a wintery Sunday brunch? You can listen to cozy music and tuck into warm, decadent dishes that wouldn't feel appropriate in the Summer. Besides it is an excellent opportunity to pull out your 'good' dishes.
8. CHOOSE HAPPY BOOKS/MUSIC/MOVIES
There is nothing better than cosying up with a good book or your favourite movie. Pure indulgence without the guilt. Check out the Holiday Shacks team's recommended Winter reads. There is something for everyone. https://www.holidayshacks.com.au/news/129
9. GET MORE SUN
One of the leading causes of seasonal depression is lack of vitamin D - the vitamin you get from being exposed to the sun. Of course, it's hard to see much of the sun if you are inside working the entire time it's light out. Here are a few ways to get more sunshine into your life.
* Take advantage of your lunch break - If its sunny, bundle up and get outside on your lunch break. Take your runners to work and get out for a walk with a podcast.
* Load up on sun during the weekend - If you are chained to your desk all week, make sure you get outside and into the sun on the weekends - and not just for two minutes as you walk through the Target parking lot. Plan a weekend away at the beach, there is still so much to do at beach during the winter. Plan some fun activities, such as beach cricket or rockpooling and make them happen.
* Work next to a window - now you can't actually absorb vitamin D through glass, but you'll still feel a lot better about life if you're sitting in the sun rather than toiling away in a dark corner. Pull your desk or chair into the light.
10. PLAN A WEEKEND AWAY
Isn't it funny how a change of scenery can make all the difference in the world? Pile into a car with your friends, drive a couple of hours and sleep in a bed that's not yours and all of a sudden the world is new and splendid place. Planning a weekend away can take a bit of work, but I promise you those memories are worth their weight in gold. The team at Holiday Shacks would be delighted to help you find your perfect escape. Check out our Winter specials https://www.holidayshacks.com.au/offer/winter-specials. for availability.