Thursday is the first day of autumn and for once I am ready for it.
I am ready for the jumpers and boots and scarves. I’m ready to take the kids jumping in puddles. I’m ready for long Sunday walks in the woods to collect pine cones for crafting.
In previous years I have suffered more with my mental health in the cooler less sunny months. I’m not sure It’s as bad as seasonal effective disorder but I do feel more anxiety.
So this year I am preparing for the duller days in advance. So far I have bought a new bulb for my lumie light so that I can wake to a sunshine simulation even when the mornings are dark.
I am filling my cupboards with vitamins and I am going to make an effort to get outside even in the rain!
A couple of weeks ago I bought a book all about Hygge (pronounced Hue-Gah)- The Danish are the happiest nation apparently yet they have the longest winter days. however they embrace the dark and fill it with hygge.
I have set my self the intention to live a hygge Autumn/ Winter – Embracing the darkness filling it with cosy things!
I have set up a Pinterest board to help me find inspiration and I have already reorganised my living room to a more cosy layout.
So what is Hygge?
Well there is no direct translation Hygge Is a noun, its thought to mean a warm and fuzzy feeling, cosyness and general feeling of inside warmth.
What are the main points to consider when trying to embrace Hygge?
Lighting – Low level warm lighting. Think fairy lights, toned down lamps, and more often candles.
Blankets – Warm comfy blankets, throws, something you can throw over you when it is a little chilly outside.
Activities – Non screen activities like needle craft, board games, telling stories, singing. to name a few.
Singing – This is thought to be an important part of Hygge. Singing releases endorphin’s making you feel good. as well as a whole host of other benefits.
Friends / Family – Although hygge can be embraced on your own why not grab a group of friends and or family and embrace together.
Food – Autumnal style food is considered hyggelig think soups, stews, crumbles, hot chocolate, mulled wine or cider.
So now I have armed myself with the principles of Hygge I will be trying my best to make these colder months feel more Hygge.