7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge In Spring

7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge In Spring

Hi there! A few weeks ago I published an article about how to be happy and the Danish key to happiness – Hygge.  And you know what? You loved it! It has become one of my top posts!

So I got to thinking, and especially with the Spring Equinox just around the corner, how could I give you even more ways to feel happy, contented and cozy? What about 7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge in Spring?

 


So this post is to take you into Spring, feeling all of those things and more. And, as a special bonus, I’ve created a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge that will be delivered to your mailbox while you sleep, and will give you sweet ideas on how to get your Hygge On.Click To Tweet

Yes, there is so much written about Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) about the things we can surround ourselves with to make us feel cozy, like a beautiful chunky shawl, or luscious fat white candles.

But there is definitely more to hygge than the things that get us to our happy space.

Cause if you remember from before, Hygge is about the feelings, right?

Happy Feelings.

Cozy Feelings.

Feelings of Contentment.

So while we equate all of these things with cooler weather, staying indoors, cozying up in front a fire to read or snuggle, 🙂 hygge is everywhere!

And I think you will find that Spring is one of the best times to fit some hygge into your life!

1. Visit your local Farmer’s Market or Flower Market and spend time wandering.

Soaking up the sites, sounds and smells will definitely put a smile on your face.

Outdoor markets are a feast for the senses!

Go by yourself, or meet your best friend there.

You know, the one that you really miss, and haven’t been able to spend time with lately?

Pick up a bunch of fresh cut flowers to take home, like these beautiful white tulips.

Nothing says how to live hygge in Spring like Tulips.

2. Clear your mind.

Turn off the phone and pick up that new novel you’ve been wanting to read.

Or maybe you have an old favorite? I have some amazing books I’ll bet I’ve read them 20 times or more.

They are like old friends, and the contentment I feel I read them is immeasurable. You too?

Brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea, light a candle,  and curl up with a cozy blanket and your pet if you have one.

If it’s warm enough to be outdoors, listen to the new leaves in the trees, or the different sounds in your city that mean Spring is here.

Even cozier, curly up with your honey, while you both read.

 

3. Mindfulness

One of the easiest ways I know to live hygge in spring is to get your hands dirty!

Give your houseplants some TLC. Pick up a bag of new potting soil, maybe a new pot?

And replant your favorites to give them new vigor for Spring.

It may be too early to plant where you live, but those backyard planters are perfect for putting your hands into the soil.

Feel that cool, dark earth on your fingers. Did you find a worm?  Just let it be, it will make your garden happy.

Well, ok Judy, but how is this going to help me get my hygge on?

Mindfulness. Feeling the fresh dirt in your hands, and the care you are giving to your plants.

Try it.

 

4. Connect. With family or friends or both.

I know how busy you are.

And getting people together takes planning right?

Ask for help, make it a BBQ potluck and spend time getting caught up.

You will be so glad you did.

One of the best ways I know of, to live hygge in spring is to get the BBQ fired up and invite the gang.

It’s a rite of passage really, from the dark days of winter, to the shiny greenness of spring.

After eating, organize the gang for a group walk and enjoy all the feels, smell the smells!

 

5. Make something yummy

Like this No Bake Grasshopper Pie From the 60s.

Think mint chocolate milkshake in a pie.

Take it to work and share.

Happiness all around.

6. Get some Vitamin D.

Yes there is sunshine out there!

Find your own patch of sun, at the local park, on your front porch, anywhere at all.

Even though it isn’t full strength yet, this springtime sun will soak through your bones, right to your heart.

For us it’s the trailer, and a sheltered spot in the sun fills up your Vitamin D quota for days while you soak up the sun.

Got a spot in mind?

Perfect.  Go there now.

 

7. Be good to yourself.

Yes you.

That means quiet time alone, away from the stresses, noises and that little voice that keeps saying “I should be doing…”

Just tell that little voice to be quiet and you will get to it later.

Because you will you know.

Those things we have on our lists will always be there.

This is a good time to pick up your journal, wrap yourself in the cozy shawl and write.

Anything at all. And then take a nap.

Happy. Cozy. Contentment.

To keep the ‘feelings’ going, try our new 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!

Are you convinced you really need some hygge in your life, to live hygge in spring?

Want more information about the Danish Hygge lifestyle?

This post will give you lots more awesome ideas on how to live hygge!  

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You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!

You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!
You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!
Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Self-Care Tips To Help You

Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Self-Care Tips To Help You

When you're feeling overwhelmed and your 'TO DO LIST' makes you want to lie down, these 7 ideas will help you find the balance you are needing. Take time for Self Care.* post may contain affiliate links – what does that mean?

 

When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed –  7 Ways To Help You Find Balance 

Does your “To Do” List make you want to lie down?

You just don’t know how to get through it all.  No wonder.  We are nation of overwhelmed people.  Social media and the evening news hit us at every turn.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, everything is off.  Relationships with family, your spouse, co-workers.

My favorite part of the nightly news is the Happy Story they leave until the end.  You know the one that shows courage, determination, or someone just did a really nice thing?  I wonder why they don’t start the news with that?

But I digress.

Just know you are not alone.

Do I feel overwhelmed at times? Of course.  I think everyone does.

 

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed about the new job?

Or looking after your parents?  Am I spending enough time with my kids?

Yes I know.

When you're feeling overwhelmed and your 'TO DO LIST' makes you want to lie down, these 7 ideas will help you find the balance you are needing. Take time for Self Care.

This list provides tools to help!

 

  • Please don’t expect to do all of these things.
  • That in itself would be overwhelming.  Pick two.
  • Two things that you can easily fit into your life right now.  Just two things that really resonate with you.

 

 

Let it go.

Please. There are things in this life that we can control, but so many we can’t.  Pick your battles.  Is it really worth it to stand on principle? Or is this the one time you compromise?  This can apply both to our work lives and at home.  And it’s also closely related to our striving for perfection so…..

Nobody’s Perfect

We are so hard on ourselves. Always striving to be the best we can be.  And that’s good! But trying to be perfect is exhausting.   We. Are. Human. Beings.  Prone to making mistakes, because that’s how we learn! Create an environment around you where others feel safe to share their mistakes and how they have learned from them.  You will be amazed at how relieved you feel when you say goodbye to perfection.  You will probably stand up straighter as a result.

Does your 'To Do' List make you want to lie down? Click To Tweet

Journaling

Writing meditation or journaling daily for 5 minutes    Writing in a journal, sort of free flow writing for 5 to 10 minutes every morning is a great strategy (IMHO) to clear the mind of clutter.  A brain dump if you will.  Even getting up a few extra minutes early to have your tea or coffee and journaling in a pretty notebook is so calming, almost like meditation.  Journalling has become very mainstream, there are journals for health, journals for weight loss, journals to overcome stress, bullet journals (they’re fun!) just about every combination.  We’ll be talking more about journalling on the blog in the weeks and months to come.  I think it’s that important.   I first heard about it in a book by Julia Cameron, called The Artist’s Way.  It’s an interesting read and you can get it through this link.  Journaling has gotten me through some very challenging times in my life.  I’m happy to say I’ve been meditating through my writing for many, many years!

Sleep on it

Use the 24 hour rule! – This is my absolute favorite strategy. When I am facing a problem, either at work or a disagreement with my spouse, giving it 24 hours to settle, to think about it in your mind, come up with solutions or compromise is the best.  Resisting the need to rush to be right, to get something to go YOUR way, may not remove the overwhelming feelings you are experiencing.  One day.  24 hours.  It really isn’t a very long time.  If you manage people, I’ll bet you already have this tool in your toolkit.

Have Fun

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s really hard to think about fun, right?  But please make it a priority.  Are you having any fun?  This is a difficult one for me.  I work full time at a desk job, and my passion, this blog, is my Side Hustle.  So you get where I’m going right?  If you are in a stressful job at work, have children or elder care responsibilities, debt, or any one of the many stresses that we juggle in our daily lives, chances are you aren’t getting any.  Fun, that is.  And fun doesn’t need to cost anything!  A visit to the local park, checking out the Community Calendar where you live, the local library, join a community sports team and meet new people!  I know some folks who think decluttering their home and cleaning are great fun! (Not me, rest assured) When I’m overwhelmed and stressed I bake pies.  Explore the walking trail in your neighborhood and see where it goes?  Have you tried Geocaching?

And then there is Hygge.  You know, Hygge? (Hue-gah) The Danish term that really doesn’t translate directly in English, but means happiness.  Finding happiness, being mindful.  You can read more about it and discover 30 Simple Ways to get your Hygge on! 

 Eating, exercise, sleep

These three contribute to my feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, fatigued on a daily basis! We are an inert, java addicted, sleep deprived nation! Well I am for sure.  You too?  If you work at a desk or workstation all day, and the go home and drop on the sofa to surf the net, have a Netflix marathon, or scroll your phone, chances are your body is screaming for a little exercise.  If I didn’t have two dogs who count on me to get them out for a walk every evening, I wouldn’t either.  But here’s the thing.  Our bodies weren’t made to sit 12 to 16 hours a day!  So what about stretching as soon as you get home, before you sit down and pick up the phone or laptop.  We have a stretching activity at work every day.  Folks gather for 15 minutes and do stretches.  A colleague of mine has a set of hand weights she keeps by the television, and uses them during commercials.  A ball chair – you know the ones with the exercise ball in them?  I use that when I’m journaling in the morning with my cup of coffee.  Helps strengthen the core, sit up straight too.  All kinds of good benefits!

Unplug

Step away and breathe, find silence in the noise.   Okay, so we’ve touched on this above, but for sure there needs to be down time, off the devices.  Having a buffer between screen activity and sleep is the best thing you can do.  But more importantly, turning off the noise lets us get back in touch with ourselves, our thoughts, and our loved ones.  Some simple things to try is to make meal times a “device free zone”.   Giving yourself 30 minutes to decompress before bed every evening really does help.  Try it for a week and let me know if it makes difference!

Start right now

So pick two things and only two.

Try them out for 30 days.

Give yourself the gift of that time to see if it makes a difference.

I’m pretty sure it will.

Be kind to yourself.

 

woman on hammock with words be kind to yourself

 

This is the first post in a new category “Living”.  We’re just going to talk about life.  All of it.  Sometimes life is messy, and sometimes it is just so amazing you can’t contain yourself!

I hope you are having an amazing day.  Feel free to share this post with your friends too!

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