As you can tell from my millions of Instagram posts, I am a fan and follower of Hygge. If you’re new to the whole thing and you’re thinking, “what is she talking about?” then, hygge is a Danish lifestyle which many follow to appreciate the small things. Every day moments become more meaningful and special as you are beginning to appreciate day to day life. Whether it’s simply making a coffee, lighting a candle with every meal or having a cosy evening in with friends.

Before buying ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ six months ago, I had never heard of it but when beginning to look further into the back stories and reading more about the rituals, I realised I already followed several aspects of this lifestyle without even knowing! I’ll hold my hands up, I am the biggest candle and plant fiend and I will always be wrapped up in a blanket with a hot drink in my hand – all very hygge!

Aside from the lifestyle aspect, I initially got the book because I needed to find calming methods as being a university student (and now a graduate) can be quite a challenge! During the stressful time periods, I found myself becoming increasingly overwhelmed with many aspects of my life, such as friendships, work, university projects and my appearance. I only focused on the bad and never any good so with all the negativity, this is where hygge came in and saved the day!

Hygge has made me realise that everyone needs take time out of their day to look after themselves. This is such an important subject as we are all wrapped up in our own busy lives and we don’t have the time to stop and appreciate the smaller things in life! Even if you do something you enjoy once a week like buying a bunch of fresh flowers, meeting a friend for a cup of coffee, watching your favourite film (even though you’ve seen a thousand times) or cooking a hearty meal that you love, it’s worth your time if you’re going to feel happier afterwards. Once you start to appreciate more, you will allow yourself to see how much you have achieved! Hygge taught me to stop being so hard on myself and to always celebrate the small successes. Doing this will help you to acknowledge your achievements, it is the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen!

Looking back now, maybe this blog post wasn’t all about hygge but about self-care and wellness. Although, talking about hygge is important as it has allowed me to let you know how I have got to where I am now! Don’t get me wrong, it’s taken me a while but, without reading further into this lifestyle, I would definitely still be a stressed out mess.

So, if you’re feeling at a loss and you’re not sure who or what to turn to, of course you can talk to me or pick up ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ and read further into the rituals and techniques - I promise, you will love it. If you take anything away from this blog post, it should be to not forget to enjoy all the small victories along the way as the old saying is: happiness is a journey, not a destination. If you can find pleasure in the process of getting to where you want to be, your life will feel more meaningful, and you’ll always have a smile on your face! Nothing’s better than that, hey?

I hope my words can help you in some way! If you know of hygge or simply want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message – I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Also, if you know of any other self-care rituals or lifestyles out there, I would love to know more about them too!

How do you like to treat yourself?

L x