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?

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Painting Project

More getting things done! Somehow a lot of getting things done has involved home repair and decorating, but it’s become a bit of a hobby for me and it’s so satisfying to see the transformation! Painting is also kind of fun and a good opportunity to turn it into a dance party.

 

Old colour

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The old dining area colour was a brownish green that wasn’t the happiest or cleanest colour so it was time to update it.

 

New colour

 

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New Alabaster White featuring the dog looking out the window.

 

After some Pinterest research on what the best shade of white ( one would think there isn’t a lot of shades of white but there is ) would be, we decided on Alabaster White from Sherwin Williams and luckily they were having a sale so it was perfect timing to buy paint! The new white makes the ceilings seem higher and the whole room bigger overall, plus it really brightens the whole place up. Now it’ll be onto more decorating!

 

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Realistic Dream House

I love Pinterest and I’m probably very addicted to it. One of my favourite boards is my house one where I have been saving photos and creating an imaginary dream home that is hopefully not too crazy and more realistic.

 

Imaginary home tour

Navy blue, shaker style, little houses that look a bit like cottages are my favourite. With a nice big front porch to sit outside on. This colourful porch is a favourite of mine and fairy lights should be added everywhere possible. The more fairy lights the better!

Overgrown gardens filled with roses and hydrangeas remind me of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, maybe because they’re called English Country Gardens. It gives the place a whimsical feel and since it’s pretty wild there won’t be a lot of gardening work to do! Purple and pink window boxes also add more colour to the house and make it very lush.

I wasn’t aware that I had a very specific door in mind but this is what I keep pinning so this must be the door I like. A brightly painted door to go with the navy exterior and tie in some of the colours in the garden. And it maybe opens up half-way, but wouldn’t it just let in bugs since no one seems to put screens on those types of doors? The details of the house need to be worked out.

A navy blue kitchen to tie in the colour of the exterior and keep the house bright and colourful, with white upper cabinets or open shelves. White subway tile and white or butcher block counters to keep things simple. I haven’t found an eating area or dining room that I love yet but these are close, a few pops of colour with white walls and everything bright.

Some things I know very specifically what I like and others not at all. Living rooms are a good example, I like the white walls with accents from furniture and things to make the style easy to change, simple and personal. For powder rooms, I like round mirrors to contrast the harsh lines of the vanity and the rest of the bathroom and slightly crazy patterned black and white tile, since it’s not a lot of flooring might as well have fun with it.

The whole house appears to be very navy coloured, it’s perfect for bedrooms since it’s a very calm and peaceful colour.

Lots more subway tile! Again lots of colour, fun tile when there’s not a lot needed, and everything else very clean and simple. And clawfoot tubs, of course, since they’re just very cool.

My newest addition to the dream house is a home gym, heated and cooled separately so it could be kept very warm for hot yoga or cold for heavy cardio. And an overgrown backyard with lots of fairy lights!

 

Follow my home board here! Do you have a realistic dream home? What are some of your favourite home styles?

 

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All photos are from Pinterest and they are not mine.

Toilets And Getting Things Done!

One of my 2018 goals is to “get things done”, be more productive, less bored, take advantage of the free time I have as a homeschooler and stop procrastinating so much.

 

Home repairs

My family moved into our current house about 5 years ago ( which makes it the second longest I’ve lived in a house before moving ) and it was made around the 1980’s so there’s a few house projects that need to be done to keep things updated.

I actually love doing home repairs and decorating! It’s so satisfying to see the transformation and I can pretend I’m on HGTV lol. So far I’ve painted the kitchen from a gross brownish green to a pale yellow – which made the whole room a lot brighter and happier looking -, replaced the overhead microwave/vent fan with my mom, and our most recent project was replacing the giant and old toilet.

To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, at all! I cleaned and bleached the old toilet to be safe, before starting. We kept flushing the old toilet and plunging until it was completely drained, then unscrewed it from the base and lifted it off onto a cart to wheel it away. It was very heavy so that was one of the hardest parts.

The new toilet had easy instructions on the box and came in 2 parts, the tank and the rest of it. You put down a wax ring to seal it to the floor, which was awesome, it looked like a doughnut almost, and then the new toilet base goes on top. After that, the tank gets attached to the base and it’s done! Replacing toilets feels like you’ve conquered life.

 

My mom made me take pictures with the toilet and mug to celebrate.

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