Hygge To Help Anxiety

Hygge has been everywhere lately and I’m all for this trend! Wikipedia defines it as ” the Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow”” I think of it as the feeling of walking into your cozy home after being out in the dark and cold winter. Pretty much like a nice warm hug but all the time.

Why hygge?

Denmark is often named one of the happiest places on Earth and this definitely helps them get that title. I saw a TED talks ( this one! ) a little while ago about how humans need traditions to feel less alone and just to improve the overall quality of life. Since then I’ve been a little fascinated with the small everyday traditions and how they help make good days. Between hygge emphasizing everyday transitions and the overall beauty and coziness of hygge, it’s an awesome idea to embrace. It creates a more calm and welcoming living space and lifestyle which helps with anxiety and making your home ( or room! ) a calming sanctuary.

Some ways to incorporate hygge into life

Cold weather

  • Warm drinks. I especially like spiced teas such as chai, apple cinnamon, ginger and liquorice, etc.
  • Fairy lights and candles! Having a bright home keeps away winter blues. Also, keeping curtains and blinds open to let in the sunshine.
  • Fire in fireplace or pit outside. Bonus points if you roast marshmallows!
  • Fluffy socks, cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, rugs to add more warmth.
  • Soups, stews or any warm comfort food.
  • Take a little tea or coffee break during the day and really savour it.

Warm weather

  • Freeze fruit into ice cubes to add flavour to your water.
  • Iced tea and coffee.
  • Walks in nature and taking everything in.
  • Bright and cool living spaces.
  • Having windows open to get lots of fresh air.
  • Eating outside.

How I’ve been trying to embrace hygge

Fairy lights

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Fairy lights, lots of cozy blankets and pillows, coordinating happy cat. A cat is not required, he is just a model and loves the camera.

My favourite part has been adding fairy lights everywhere I can. Luckily, we had a large collection of lights from past Christmases, I would try to get them right after Christmas because that’s when they are cheapest and easiest to find.

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Fairy lights outside. In the summer, having a fire is a good way to get outside and enjoy the warmth. 

Tea time

Every day around 2:30-3:00pm my family tries to have a cup of tea together. It’s a nice way to have a break and a good time to have cookies!

Weekend playlist

Playing weekend music differentiates the days. Usually, I play old music or jazz to give a coffee shop feel.

Being grateful

I think being grateful and appreciating the coziness in things is a huge part of hygge and adds to the feeling of comfort. I make lists of all the little things I’m thankful for and try to appreciate things in the moment.

How do you feel about the hygge trend?

P.S. It’s Peri

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16 thoughts on “Hygge To Help Anxiety

  1. miriamjuliet Reply

    I absolutely love this!! I’m gonna try it!!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      YAY I’m glad!! 🙂

  2. Vera Reply

    Fabulous!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you so much!

  3. Maria H. Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds like my cup of tea! I just need to make a little more effort to embrace the things I already love… tea, soup, comfy warm places!

    I told my husband I wanted a fire pit just the other day.

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Yes! I think embracing the things you love is something we forget but it’s so important for good mental health. You got this! 🙂

  4. Mother Nature Reply

    This is great and I love the idea! So much gets lost in the mundane things of everyday life but we need to slow down and savior and appreciate them. Yay for cozy, warm and beautiful!! Ps: cookies are great at any time of day.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Exactly!! It’s about really loving the moment you’re in. True about the cookies, cookies all day everyday. Ok maybe not that much. 😂

  5. sevenroses Reply

    I try out some new recipes for cooking and always find secret pieces of peace and magic in the little garden! discovering yet another book to read is also great.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Those are very good things to add! I love trying new recipes, too.

  6. Stories BY Alexis Reply

    This is amazing. Never heard of word but absolutely apply it all the time. Thank you for this … I have my morning coffee then I love to brew a pot of tea and bought a tea cozy so that my tea stays warm for a long time and I float about (putzing is also another word for floating) enjoying music, my day, and sipping tea ..

    Thank you so much again for this … please make sure you have the link on twitter and facebook and LinkedIn … Cheers, and happy Sunday.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you!! That sounds lovely! I like floating, it sounds angelic and beautiful.

  7. The Laura Jessica Reply

    I have had anxiety all week and today my heart is just killing because I can’t seem to be able to breathe right. So this was good to read and I’m going to incorporate it in my lifestyle and see if it helps 🙂 x

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Hope you’ll be feeling better soon and that this will help you! Taking time to really focus on the moment and trying to be calm ( way easier said than done ) can make a huge difference.

  8. Rebecca Miller Reply

    Great article! Learnt something new – so thanks!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it

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