We all know how much winter can be a struggle at times, the shorter days, the colder nights and life always seems a little bit more grey than usual. I try to remain positive throughout the season, however this can become a little bit difficult, so I try everything I can to keep negative thoughts at bay during the worst season of the year.
Hygge: Pronounced (hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.
I have put together my favourite tips for being hygge for this time of year, if you have an other tips, make sure you list them in the comments below!
Always have a comfy blanket around- There is nothing better than getting home on a cold winters night and grabbing a warm blanket and getting cosy around the TV to watch a movie. This is something I tend to do to wind down after a busy day at work to get myself ready to go to bed.
Plenty of cups of coffee (or tea)- I’ve never been a tea drinker personally so I would always choose a warm cup of coffee, normally a cappuccino, or a hot chocolate, but theres something I love about drinking a cup of coffee when its getting colder outside.
Have alone time- Since moving to New Zealand and getting my life back on track, I’ve learnt that life is too short to live inside all of the time and shy away from social events, but it’s so important during the wintery months to spend some time to yourself to rest and recover. I’ve noticed since living with Brian how little time I have to myself over the weekends because naturally I want to spend as much time as I can with him because he works long hours over the week, so I’ve changed my routine so I spend at least an hour or two during the week where I just spend time by myself.
Scented candles (lots of them)
I think I’ve mentioned before how many candles Brian and I have in our room, I feel like we could open up a shop, but candles instantly make me feel relaxed and give the whole room a warm vibe, so we tend to have tea light candles on every night before we go to sleep and I think it actually makes me sleep better.
Cook the food you love- The winter can be very dangerous in terms of food, I always find myself treating myself to the food that I love, but hey it’s cold and miserable and food makes me happy! I try to cook food that I love to cook and eat because it always gives me something to look forward too everyday. Winter is the one season that I don’t mind eating a few too many crisps or having a bowl of ice cream at dinner because I feel like it’s a good season to indulge and treat yourself.
Spend time with friends- This tip kind of contradicts my point of having some alone time, but the winter can be the season where you feel down and lonely, so going out and spending time the people that you love and enjoy spending time with can be the best recipe for happiness over winter.
Get outside- Yes the weather might be cold, but going out for a walk in the fresh air can be so good for you. Staying inside all of the time can make you feel worse, so when the weather isn’t raining, try to get out as much as you can! Even if you walk to grab a coffee, you will feel so much better for getting some fresh air.