It’s Friday again! Obviously, it’s fall because the days are flying, aren’t they?
If you have been reading about being cozier during the fall season and practicing self-care, you have probably come across the term hygge. Pronounced hoo-gah, hygge is a practice that Danish people do in order to enjoy more in their life. It is all about creating a comfortable, cozy environment, relaxing, and living more simply and with a lot of positivity in your life.
Here are some hygge activities you can practice during the fall season.
Focus on Having Comfort in Your Home
Hygge is all about being happy, comfortable, and positive. Try to make your home as comfy and cozy as possible. This is a great time to switch out your bright summer decorations for warm fall decorations. Add colors like red, yellow, orange, and brown to your color palette. This creates a warm and cozy environment. Have lots of throw pillows and soft blankets on your sofas and chairs, add soft rugs to the ground, and bring in candles or use the fireplace when it gets cold.
Enjoy the Scents of Fall
There are many different types of fall scents, including those that are stand-alone scents like herbs and essential oils. Other scents are combined to remind you of everything from forests in the fall to the smell of baking treats in the kitchen. These aromas include pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fir, orange, and chai. Some ways to enjoy these scents include burning candles, essential oils, simmer pots, and potpourri.
Invite People Over
Hygge isn’t just being home alone, but really spending quality time with others. Invite a close-knit group of people over for a casual dinner party or get-together. Watch a movie together that everyone loves or invite high school friends to have dinner and talk about the old days. Have close family members over with their kids so everyone can have a game night or a buffet-style dinner. Enjoy these moments with those people you love the most and take comfort in the fact that you can all be together during the season.
Cook Comfort Food
Fall is a great time for cooking and baking, especially when it comes to your favorite comfort foods. This might include baking cookies and pies with fall spices like cinnamon and pumpkin. However, you may prefer cooking more savory comfort foods, like meatloaf or your favorite butternut squash soup. Think about the foods you enjoyed as a kid, that always cheered you up. These are your comfort foods.
This is also a good time to share your favorite comfort foods with your kids or close friends.
Add Softer Lighting to your Home
If you have bright lightbulbs at home, now is a good time to remove them and opt for softer lights. At least replace the bulbs in your lamps. This allows you to shut off other lights and just turn on the softer lights in the evening when practicing hygge during the fall.
An easier option is to turn off most of the lights in the room, then start up your fireplace. This is going to offer enough light to see, without taking away from your relaxing and happy atmosphere.
There are a lot of ways to include the practice of hygge in your life!
I love wrapping up in blankets so this is right up my alley. I plan to practice this over the weekend!
Have a great one!
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