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Spring Hygge Guide

Spring Hygge Guide

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The term ‘hygge’ (pronounced hyoo-guh) began popping up in our culture a few years ago and is best described as a lifestyle of coziness that invokes an inner sense of contentment or well-being. It is a concept that comes from Denmark, which has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Danes are said to be some of the happiest people on the planet, so I think we could all take a lesson or two from their handbook. And what better time to start than now. When we are all feeling rejuvenated from the freshness of spring!

The idea is to set aside some time from our hectic routines to unwind and appreciate life's simple joys. It’s about using our senses and taking notice of the things that elevate them. We don’t have to change our life to embrace Hygge, but if we add little elements of delight here and there, we will find that it can be lifechanging.
Here are some ways that I plan to bring a Hygge lifestyle into my routine this season.

Go on a Nature Walk

There is a reason why hiking or walking in the woods is so enriching. It invokes all of our senses. The sounds of squirrels frolicking in the branches and birds singing from the treetops. The sights that fill us with wonder such as wildflowers stretching to find sunlight. The touch of leaves crunching under foot. The earthy smell of fresh soil and coniferous evergreens. If you want to feel alive, surrounding yourself in nature is a sure way to ignite the soul!

Add a Suncatcher

Scout suncatcher $39.99

My kids both used to watch the most whimsical cartoon called ‘Sarah and Duck’. In every segment, some seemingly normal experience was turned into something wonderful. In one episode, titled ‘Coloured Light’ they tape tissue paper to the window to watch the colours filter in and cast themselves on the wall. What a stunning gift from the sun! I like to think of a Suncatcher as a more sophisticated application of such a blissful experience. Trying to embrace our inner child and take notice of daily beauty is certainly Hygge approved.

Scout suncatcher $39.99

Add Fresh Flowers

Fresh bouquet-prices vary

Something so simple as adding fresh florals to your desk or table can be a powerful tool. Flowers are a symbol of love. We give them when we want to show someone we care. So, lets gift ourselves and/or others with a beautiful bouquet. Or better yet, plant a cut flower bed so you can enjoy blooms and give them all season long!

Perennial flower bulbs - prices vary

Have a Favourite Glass or Mug

Mug $19.99

This may sound silly, but if you have a pretty vessel for your water or tea, you are more likely to make a point to drink from it. And every sip will taste special! Stop saving your favourite items for special occasions and make everyday special!

Bring a Bee or Butterfly Hotel to the Yard

Bee hotel with 20 gladiolus bulbs $49.99

Adding simple curiosities can elevate a dull yard to something a little more whimsical. And if your added accessories create a safe place for some of life’s more delicate creatures, that’s a win-win in my books! My kids love exploring nature and examining its tiny inhabitants, so this year, I hope our yard gives them plenty to investigate.

Jump in Muddy Puddles

I don’t know about you, but I feel like so many fun opportunities are missed because of a need to stay clean. This year, I hope to take a lesson from my kids, and have fun getting dirty! Yes, it’s absolutely great to watch as our children jump in puddles! But, I don’t want to be a bystander all the time – when I can, I want to join them in their play. Throw my cares to the wind and get downright silly!

Eat Outside

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Make a picnic meal for your family or yourself! Take some time to take in the beauty during lunch hour. Whether your a stay at home mom, or working an office job, find a blanket or a park bench and bring a snack to enjoy your downtime. You'll be happy you did!

There are endless ways to embrace a Hygge lifestyle. This list is a mere suggestion to get the ball rolling. To show that if we pay attention to the world around us and allow our senses to take charge, we can find extraordinary in the ordinary. And I want to show my children a life less ordinary. I want their hearts to be filled with hope and conviction in the beauty this life has to offer. Not consumed with a screen or by what others are doing. With that being said, I’ll leave you with this quote from The Danish Way of Parenting: 

“Increasing our self-awareness and making conscious decisions about our actions and reactions are the first steps toward powerful life change. This is how we become better parents – and better people. And this is how we create a legacy of well being to pass on to the next generations.”
-Jessica Joelle Alexander 

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