Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that is all about creating a warm, cozy, and welcoming atmosphere in your home. Amy Sadler shared with us her journey in learning a hygge lifestyle.
Have you heard of Hygge yet? It’s a total vibe and I am chasing it like a wild horse running down a mountain. Well, I guess I am off to a rocky start with the whole calm-down culture with that analogy but you get what I am saying!
I want the hygge lifestyle to be what I am known for but I have a little (okay long) way to go to be an expert. The good news is you don’t need to be an expert to start! You and I can start where we are and go from there.
Like many great finds, I first learned about hygge on Instagram last fall while on a search for something to help me calm my anxiety. Hygge caught my attention because it has practical ideas that just made sense to me – it’s not overly complicated and applies to everyday living. The key for me is doing the life and actions with intention which helped me be more mindful about why I wanted to light a candle or sit with fuzzy socks on. I had to actively think about the feeling of warmth and slowing down and that made a difference for me.
We can develop the habits and core strengths of the hygge concept and then embrace it slowly and with intention. The hustle lifestyle I have led is catching up to me in my forties and I am trying to listen to the clues that my mind and body are giving me to slow down and appreciate the moment.
There are many reasons to slow down right now on purpose rather than waiting until life slows me down with sickness or mental fatigue that can cripple some people. I struggle with just being in this moment and not being worried about the future even if it’s 30 minutes in the future. Practicing hygge challenges me to bring my focus back to this second, but I’ll admit I’m still working on it!
Slowing down with hygge brings intentionality and planning will help to prevent a big crash! So I have a list for us here that we can start implementing today.
Why is Hygge Important?
Hygge is important because at the end of the day and at the end of our life for that matter, we want our family and our friends to know that they mattered to us more than anything else and that will be so much easier if our minds and our hearts are in the right place and not hustling through each day worried about the next thing but the IMPORTANT things!
Reducing stress is a major part of a hygge lifestyle. It’s so hard in today’s world to leave worries at the door. Especially because things are changing so fast and it’s hard to keep up with. Running a business has never been easy but it has never been quite as complicated as it is now either with balancing all the things, but it is possible to find a way through without going insane or burning yourself out.
Find a cozy spot, grab your favorite cozy sweater, and get a cup of your favorite tea. Here’s my spot!
It’s important to spend time with people that you love and people that you like. Coming together in with friends and family and enjoying the moment is so good for the soul, and so hygge!
The seventh day was for rest and I can’t tell you the last time I rested for a day unless I was so sick I couldn’t function and that wasn’t fun at all! Rest is so important for our physical and mental health! When is the last time you just rested to rest?
There are so many benefits to the hygge lifestyle and I am on a mission!
Will you join me?
Five Benefits of Having a Hygge Home
- Improved mental health: A hygge home can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. By creating a comfortable and inviting space, you can feel more relaxed and at peace.
- Enhanced sense of community: A hygge home encourages people to come together and spend quality time with each other. This can strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community within your home.
- Greater appreciation of the present moment: The focus on comfort and coziness in a hygge home can help you to appreciate the present moment and slow down. This can help you to feel more grounded and mindful.
- Increased productivity: A comfortable and inviting home environment can be conducive to productivity. When you feel comfortable and at ease, you may find that you are able to work more efficiently and effectively.
- Improved sleep: A hygge home can help you to sleep better by creating a peaceful and comfortable environment. This can lead to increased energy and overall better health.
Can we do it? Yes, we can! We can’t give up after a few setbacks though and I am preaching to myself here. It won’t be easy at first but just like anything good in life, it will be worth it!
For more hygge tips and to follow my progress, you can find me at amysadlerdesigns.com.
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Amy Sadler is a Home Decor DIY Blogger and Interior Designer who specializes in unique paint finishes for furniture and cabinetry. Amy’s love for designing homes and especially kitchens for clients started her journey into blogging about all things home and DIY. View Amy’s Full Bio