Hygge in the Summertime
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Can you believe it's already September?? I can't either. Honestly, it feels like it was just February a few weeks ago. Now I'm over halfway to 24, which is only a year away from 25, which is halfway through my twenties...okay, stopping that train there! We'll save the quarter life crisis post for another day.
One thing I am looking forward to this fall and winter is the way that times seems to slow down. I've always loved the shift of attention from go-go-going to family, togetherness, and just being. Plus, the cool weather means I can finally start wearing oversized sweaters all day, every day!
Last winter, I received The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well, a sweet little book that delves into the Danish philosophy of hygge. Pronounced hoo-gah, it's been all the rage on the Pinterest for years, displaying itself in cozy images of creamy blankets, wool sweaters, and cups of tea shared with a loved one next to a fireplace.
But hygge is about more than cozy sweaters and cuddly blankets. It's about recognizing the beautiful, special, and finite in the ordinary: dinners with the entire family, morning cups of coffee, the way your dog jumps up on the couch and curls up in your lap. It's about leaning into these moments and enjoying them fully, setting aside cell phones and ToDo lists and the day's worries. It can be nothing more than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book, or meeting a friend for coffee.
It's perfect for those long, dreary, cold winter days and nights when family, togetherness, and coziness come so easily, but I started wondering: how can I put the same philosophy in place during the spring and summer?
Read on for a few tips to embrace the feeling of hygge all year round.
1. Lighten up.
Hygge puts a huge focus on lighting; it should never be harsh, cold, or off-putting. Instead of reaching for the switch on the wall, consider throwing opening the curtains and letting the sunshine in. Hang sheers in your bedroom and wake with the sunrise. Buy a few nice smelling candles and arrange them around your house. Sit in the sunshine and absorb that Vitamin D!
2. Get dirty.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or on 100 acres, take the time to dig in the dirt and get in touch with the earth. A few succulents in the windowsill (or a huge vegetable garden!) brings joy, when you're planting and every time you look at it. Lacking a green thumb? Go to the closest secondhand store, buy yourself a pretty vase, and treat yourself to cut flowers.
3. Get outside.
Go for a walk, a run, a bike ride. Try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, or tubing! Whatever it is, get outside, into nature, and move!
4. Have a picnic.
Remember going on picnics when you were a kid? Those tend to be few and far between as we get older, but I can't think of anything more hyggelig in the summertime. Call up a few good friends or your family, bring the dogs, and enjoy a meal outside. Just keep an eye out for ants!
5. Be present.
It sounds so easy, but we all know how difficult it can be to unplug and disconnect from the digital world we live in. Constant communication is both a blessing and curse, but give yourself permission to put your phone down, close your laptop, and turn off the TV for an evening and be present, whether you're alone with a book or surrounded by loved ones. Instagram will still be there, but this moment is fleeting and will be gone before you know it.
How do you incorporate hygge into your daily life? Do you have any ideas to make the summer more hyggelig? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Want to know more about hygge? Check out this list of 19 Hygge Books To Curl Up With.