The Power of Hygge
Here it is!
I have been exploring ways to keep our living spaces as cozy, comfortable and creativity inducing as possible. With winter quickly approaching, bringing with it those long cold nights and diminishing sunshine, I figure we need something!
In previous articles I explored the ability to harness the power of plants and the energy of color to beautify and detoxify our environments.
I discovered that in Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a self-care principle known as “hygge.”
Hygge is a Danish word for a mood of comfortability and coziness. Ah, that sounds nice! When the average temperature in Denmark is 45 degrees Fahrenheit in November, coziness and comfortability become imperative.
Hygge helps people to stay grounded. Hygge makes for cozy and comfy homes.
Here are five key principles:
Let in Lots of Natural Light During the Day
Vitamin D is important. It is crucial to get as much of this as possible. Natural light keeps your home cozy and comfy by letting warmth in, and it also helps keep depression at bay.
Cook Early, and Cook Often
Besides being a great way to nourish your family and friends, cooking cultivates a sense of warmth, comfort and coziness. As food is a quick source of energy for your body; it is very important that we eat healthy foods.
Candles, Candles, and More Candles
You don’t have to overdue it, but candles can create a cozy, low-lit glow and feelings of peace, comfort and warmth. If you can safely, spread them throughout your home. Candles are a tiny waxy bundle of love, warmth, and joy Stare at your candles and remind yourself that you are loved.
Unplug From Devices and Do What You Love
Put down your phone and do things that really bring you happiness. “Mindless scrolling” invites other people’s energy into your space and mind. Some of this energy can be good but much of what we see on the internet it not great for our energy systems. Putting a layer of protective energy around our bodies will help. This we can learn through the practice of Qi Gong.
Qi Gong is all about mirroring the movements that naturally occur in nature. When you practice Qi Gong you bring the spirit of nature into your home. Having a deep connection with nature is comforting, especially when the temperatures drop.
Qi Gong helps to clear stagnant energy in the home and it cultivates a feeling of warmth and freshness. There are many Qi Gong YouTube channels.
Now that you know the basics of Hygge, enjoy implementing these practices into your home. Enjoy the warmth, comfort and health benefits that come from practicing Hygge!