Hygge + Why You Should Start Practicing NOW
First thing's first: you've probably seen this idea floating around, but how the heck do you pronounce this dang word???
Well, I'm not Danish, but Google tells me it's pronounced "hyoo-guh" and I tend to trust Google with most decisions in my life.
So what is it?
Essentially, it's what we've always wanted, but never had time for... UNTIL NOW (praise Him!). Hygge is a defining feature of Danish culture with the key being: cultivating a mood of comfort, coziness, and contentment. Think fuzzy socks, hot cocoa, candles lit, and favorite book in hand.
Sounds magical, right???
Some describe hygge as a feeling because it boils down to being conscious in the present, not distracted by mindless activities... such as scrolling through on your phone and pretending that being busy comes with a badge of honor.
While hygee is often looked at as that "once-in-a-blue-moon night in" with the fuzzy socks, candles, and everything cozy, it's really a way of life-- a way of life we need to take note of and ask what we can learn from it.
3 Reasons Now's the Time to Start:
//1// Forced to slow down
It's undeniable we're pressured to live busy lives in America, making it challenging to try such a foreign way of living. Right now, while most everything is shut down or cancelled, gives us the perfect time to try out hygge and see if it's worth it.
Use this time as a trial, and, if you find it's life-giving for you, don't let it go when life returns to "normal."
//2// Decreased Anxiety + Depression
So much of our anxiety and depression can be triggered while mindlessly scrolling through social media. I definitely have noticed that social media can cause a feeling of unrest and dissatisfaction inside me.
Hygge is focused on slowing down so we can listen to our bodies and live more meaningful, deeper lives. Don't get distracted by meaningless things, so you can sit and just be with thoughts or loved ones (I know this could sound terrifying, but it gets easier! (: )
//3// Less Distractions = Re-prioritizing
Think of all the needless distractions we let into our lives: our phones dinging + ringing, TVs on in the background, saying yes to *all* the things, etc. Take all that away and just be still in the moment. It offers a sense of peace. It gives you time to think about who you want to be and what you want to accomplish.
Living in hygge or "living slow" has always sounded so lovely to me, but so far off and unattainable. In more recent years, I've learned that it's okay to say no to all the things until you're ready to start saying yes again. It's okay to not have a full calendar. It's okay to sit on the couch and do something simply because you enjoy it.
Rest sounded like such a luxury until my body shut down and forced me into it. Guys, they're not kidding when they say "Rest, or your body will make you" ... it's actually true.
However, since living in this way, I feel so much more fulfilled, like I can actually pursue my purpose, and love better. I feel that I'm accomplishing so much more by doing less and it's incredible.
Hoping you can find peace and rest in this season, regardless of what's going on in your space at the moment. I hope you have someone in your life with whom you can talk to and experience hygge. And I hope you learn so much about yourself + how to live most abundantly.