While there isn’t a one size fits all description of Hygge, it is meant to open one’s eyes to truly enjoy the present and everything around. It’s a simple appreciation of the little things in life that we may take for granted each and every day and it’s the ability to take a step back and slow down to enjoy life.
If you’re not familiar with the art of hygge, I highly recommend checking out The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, which will teach you everything you need to know and hopefully help you establish some patterns and traditions that will lead to a happier lifestyle.
While hygge may (or may not) be a new term to you, but it isn’t a new concept at all. It’s not only a super cool word to say (hoo-ga) but it also has a meaning that hits close to home for all of us. Hygge is a feeling of having warmth, comfort, and security.
I know, I know…warmth in the summer?
Well, it depends on your definition of warmth, honestly. Sitting and basking peacefully in the warmth of the sunshine is just one way to channel that inner feeling of Hygge in the summer. The truth is, we all get caught up in the rat-race of life. Why not give the hygge mindset a try to see how it works with you and your core? Here are a few ways to incorporate hygge into your life this summer.
6 Ways to Create that Perfect Hygge Summer Aura in your Home
Start your mornings off with the perfect mug
No matter what you drink each morning, start your day with a mug that’ll bring a smile to your face. It might sound silly, but I’ve got ordinary mugs that match our dishes and then I’ve got a few sassy mugs that always bring a smile to my face. I much prefer when the sassy mugs are clean – it just adds a little extra fun to the morning!
Pictured: Heart Mug
Light your favorite scented candle
Candles bring about peace, serenity, and scents that can take you to some of your favorite memories in time. If you are a looking for a way to relax and begin your day with a sense of calm, consider starting your mornings by meditating and relaxing with the scent of your favorite candle burning.
Relax in a long bubble bath
Summer days can be full of humidity, sweat, and pesky bugs. Is there any better way to relax after a hot summer day than by getting to soak for as long as you want in a bubble bath that is full of sweet smells and beautiful bubbles? Allow yourself to relax for as long as you need to!
Lounge around in a luxurious robe
Who says that you need to hurry up and get dressed after your bubble bath? Remember, hygge is all about slowing down and enjoying the moment you are in. After your amazing bubble bath, why not wrap up in a luxurious robe to maintain that relaxed feeling a while longer?
Create an outdoor seating area with calming lights
Sitting outside and enjoying the warm summer nights is a must. Is it possible to create a hygge environment outdoors as well? Absolutely! Have fun sprucing up your outdoor patio with some beautiful warm lighting that is easy on the eyes and also creates a romantic and inviting environment.
Pictured: Solar Mason Jar Lights
Curl up with a light blanket
While the summer weather may bring plenty of hot muggy air, there’s often a cool breeze at night that can create a need for the snuggle of a cozy blanket. Part of hygge is creating a feeling of warmth, which is where having a soft and light blanket is a must. Imagine curling up with a light blanket and watching the sunset on a beautiful summer evening? Or waking up in the AM and snuggling just a bit longer while sipping away on that first cup of coffee? Sounds like total relaxation to me.
Pictured: Cool Blanket with Bamboo Microfiber
This summer, make time for hygge
Contrary to what you may believe, hygge doesn’t have to be based on just the winter season. Every season of the year provides opportunities to get in touch and become familiar with your inner hygge. Think of items that make you happy, bring you feelings of warmth both physically and mentally, and also allow you to slow down a bit and live in the moment. Once you can identify those items and elements, you’ll be able to hygge year-round and find a new way of relaxation that you are certain to love.