Recently, I wrote a post about the concept of hygge as a guest on my mum’s blog, which you can check out here. This got me thinking about making my own post about what hygge means to me specifically.
Just to recap on what the general definition of hygge is for this post… it’s a feeling of cosiness and contentment, it’s that moment when you acknowledge comfort in what is happening. Read my “What Is Hygge?” page for a little more detail.
Bagel and cup of tea in the morning – I love my quiet hour in the mornings, before getting ready for the day, where I sit and have a cup of tea. I will usually check on my blog, read others’ posts and reply to my friends and family in the UK. And then I’ll put a bagel under the grill and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, before coating it in olive spread and strawberry jam! It’s just a peaceful time in my day.
Comfort shows – I’ve been a fangirl for most of my life and watching tv shows has always been my favourite past time. But there is something familiar and cosy about re-watching certain shows. For me, they are; The Vampire Diaries, Merlin, Schitt’s Creek and Friends. I love settling down on the sofa with a blanket and snacks and just binge these! Other shows I find hygge are cooking shows, namely Masterchef Australia and The Great British Bake Off!
Cosy house – I love all the little details I have added to my and my partner’s snug, 2 bed rental; the flickering candles, colourful cushions, polaroid pictures, fluffy blankets and fairy lights create an ambiance that calms and relaxes me. Having a cosy home can make you feel better without you even realising it!
Lie-ins with my cat – yep, my cat loves lie-ins as much as I do and there is nothing more hygge to me than waking up in the morning with my cat sleeping in my arms with her head nestled into my shoulders/face. Even better, when I have a day off and get to spend some extra minutes cuddling with her before getting out of bed.
Reading a book with a hot beverage – whether it’s on a day off or after work, I enjoy sitting down with a book and completely immerse myself in another world, especially with my hands wrapped around a cup of tea, or hot chocolate. This form of escapism is very hygge.
Treating myself to lunch at a cafe – some think it’s awkward or weird for people to go for lunches on their own but I’ve been doing it for years because I absolutely love it. The feeling of being in your favourite cafe, or a new one you haven’t tried out before, and anticipating the delicious food that is on the way to you whilst reading a book is the definition of hygge to me… doesn’t matter that no one else is there with me!
Writing to my penpals – you might have noticed by now that I am a complete introvert and nothing that is hygge to me involves other people. However, connecting to people through letters is something that makes me content. It’s not just writing out my thoughts, but the way it makes me enjoy being creative even though I’m not a creative person (i.e. making the letter and envelope aesthetically pleasing). And getting to know about someone’s day/week/month through their words scrawled on a piece of paper that’s travelled across the globe is something special.
Exploring a new city – I think it’s the feeling of being invisible that’s hygge about this to me. Just wandering a city you’re unfamiliar with, not knowing what you’re going to find; stumbling into cute cafes, parks and shops without expectations.
Wow, it feels really good to list down the things that make my life hygge. I’d recommend doing this, as it makes you appreciate the little things in life. And it could even serve as a reminder to do more of these things that makes your heart happy instead of focusing on things that only bring you stress.
So to you, I ask – what’s your hygge? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Until Next Time,