From the Midwest to Northeast, Winter Storm Stella closed schools, cancelled flights, and changed plans for a lot of people. Like you, I had a full schedule of meetings and to-do’s that got derailed. Not to mention the fact that it is mid-march and I am so over winter.
Well, I wasn’t going to let this storm give me the winter blues. A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a practice that not only helps you endure the dark, cold winter days, but to embrace the season.
Winter is hard for me. I have managed depression for most of my adult life and it is much more challenging during winter. Given this, I was totally paying attention to the podcasts that introduced me to Hygge . Hygge is why Denmark was named the happiest country despite their long winters that are ruled by snow, ice, and icy winds. Hygge roughly translates to “coziness” and it not only helps Danes manage winter, it turns out to be a recipe for a happier life.
The essential element of Hygge is to treat the soul and to improve the situation from cold and miserable to feeling warm and cozy inside. Danes light candles, they enjoy rich foods that are satisfying, they embrace community and connection. Snuggly blankets, candles, a warm fire, yummy food, a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, a glass of wine are all great tools to make the most of the dark nights.
So how did we Hygge on our snow day yesterday?
- Kylie and I enjoyed breakfast together AT THE TABLE. Typically, Kylie eats at the kitchen counter while I am packing her lunch and drinking my coffee.
- I really savored my coffee. Enjoying the warmth of the mug, the amazing aroma, and the rich flavor.
- We abandoned our electronics to make a pumpkin pie and homemade whip cream.
- The fireplace and candles glowed all day.
- Kylie had her ultimate comfort food for lunch - macaroni & cheese.
- I gave Kylie a mani/pedi. Even though Kylie was not excited about it, she was distracted as she visited with her Nonny via Skype.
- We had a heavy, grounding and nourishing meal for dinner - turkey chili with grated cheese and sour cream. The recipe I used.
- At the end of the day, I enjoyed a glass of wine next to the fire snuggled up in a blanket with a book.
I encourage you to learn more about Hygge and more importantly find ways to Hygge in your life. This book is a great resource.
Hygge and Yoga....
It was easy to weave Hygge into my vinyasa class at Yoga Bliss as Yoga naturally incorporates many of the same concepts.
- Treat yourself well.
- Get present.
- Reach for the best possible sensation in the body.
- Enjoy a warm, inviting space.
- Spend time with your tribe.