HAPPY, HEALTHY, HYGGE
Hygge, pronounced hue-guh, is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cozy or special. This ideal way of living has become the subject of numerous books + inspiring many *me-nights*. Below are four ways why + how embracing hygge can be beneficial for your health —
One of the key ideas of hygge is togetherness. This is not just sitting around a couch + watching a movie with your S.O. or best friend. This is cooking together, eating together, + engaging in conversation [with cell phones put away *gasp*]. Numerous studies have been done about the importance of human connection as it relates to one’s health. One study even showed that a lack of human connection can be more detrimental to your health than smoking, obesity, or high blood pressure.
Another key idea of hygge is a connection to nature. By Googling “hygge”, you’ll find photos of people snuggled up in a blanket with candles ++ a roaring fireplace. The idea is — the closer one gets to nature, whether through wood from a fire or indoor plants, the calmer one feels. This sense of calm can help prevent stress, which contributes to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, + diabetes.
A third key idea of hygge is the importance of home cooking. By cooking your meals from home, you can fully be present in the experience. So often we are rushing through making + eating our food, we don’t even have a chance to savor it. By taking the time to cook from home + paying attention to what you are cooking, you will be able to make healthier food decisions, ++ appreciate your food. So put on some good jams, + get cooking!
The last key idea of hygge is the feeling of being cozy. The feeling of coziness relates to the feeling of comfort + safety. This is extremely important, especially for those who suffer from anxiety — heavy weighted blankets have been created to help those who struggle with panic//anxiety attacks for this very reason. Practicing hygge involves putting on comfy clothes, fuzzy socks, + wrapping yourself in a nice big blanket. It is nearly impossible to not feel calmer and happier after doing this.
Now that you have an idea of what hygge is, put on your comfiest sweatpants, light some candles, gather your closest friends, ++ get your hygge on. Share your hygge moments with us on Insta using #inCHAARG.