The essence of Hygge.
Back to basics
Though an age old Scandinavian way of life seems to be very much a buzz word at the moment.
Type Hygge into google and you’ll be amazed at the number of current articles surrounding what to some is a new found phenomenon or to others, finally a label or name to something they’ve actually been practicing for years! The most important thing about Hygge is cutting through the noise and the hundreds of webpages surrounding the subject, (I apologise for my website, but I enjoy writing the posts).
It isn’t about always looking for the next thing, sure there are ideas to be had but staring at a computer screen for hours on end is definitely not Hygge, it’s all about going back to basics.
Just under two weeks ago I was involved in a skiing accident, dislocating and fracturing my shoulder in the process. Going back to basics was not my choice but I can honestly say practicing Hygge and living in the moment has thus far got me through. Having lost the use of my useful right arm for 6 weeks I’ve found it really is the little and very basic of things I most look forward too. If I didn’t adopt this mindset I feel I’d have gone crazy by now! I’m currently sat in a cafe writing this post at a painfully slow speed using my left hand but find taking the time, (though not voluntary), out of my normally busy schedule to actually enjoy my coffee, (rather than it being a tool to keep me going), and to people watch most enjoyable. I look forward to a hot shower, feeling squeaky clean, putting on a fresh white T-shirt and jeans.
It’s definitely the little things! I’ve enjoyed building and lighting the open fire, taking more time than ever before building the structure of kindling, coal and logs. Ready for when the kids return from school and nighttime draws in. When the fire’s a roaring, the lights turned down low, cup of tea in hand and I’m surrounded by the family, reading to the children, that’s Hygge!
Don’t forget, hygge is more than a word, it’s a feeling. Go find your Hygge, enjoy your family and have a great Easter.