If you haven’t heard of hygge yet, you will. Over the winter, hygge was a cozy little Danish tradition that gained huge popularity (for good reason!). I love this article on it. He does such a great job of explaining what hygge is and giving additional ways to add it to your life!
I don’t think hygge should just be for those bearing winters nor do I think it should be saved for cooler weather. There are ways to practice hygge during the warmer months and I think spring is a beautiful time to practice! Here are some ideas to practice some spring time hygge 🙂
- Plant something. I currently have 3 avocado seeds growing in little pots. I don’t live in a huge spacious home. Quite the contrary. I live in an apartment and love how cozy (couldn’t help myself 😉 ) everything is! Right now, I have them sitting on the windowsill because they’re still just seedlings with roots. I plan on also getting a dwarf olive tree and maybe a lemon tree for outside! Planting and gardening are such great things to participate in. It’s so exciting to see how things change and grow over time with love and care.
- Petit point. Also known as cross stitch, needle point, and embroidery. Confession: I’m already making our Christmas stockings. I know it’s April, but this type of project takes time. This is something I know everyone can do, even if you have no experience with a needle and thread! In fact, yesterday, I spent the entire day cross stitching and it was the best and most healing little mini-vacation I could’ve done. There is something incredibly soothing about it. The two patterns I’m working on now are this one and this one for our holidays!
- Long walks. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s the perfect time for walks! Josh and I have taken to our sunset evening walks with the dogs. It’s such a great time to connect, chat, and enjoy the outdoors. Now is the best time to see nature in action! Go on a hike with a friend or go for a coffee and a stroll with a loved one!
- Journal. My favorite way to journal is by writing down the things I’m thankful for. This is an old, old practice that has been beaten to death by many wellness people. However, I will say that this is the most effective way to keep me grounded. Even on my worst days, I have so many things to be thankful for. It’s never that my blessings overwhelm my burdens, but rather, they act as a reminder that my burdens are not the only things happening in my life.
- Add flowers. Flowers are a little luxury out here in the desert. Right now, the desert is in full bloom. There are huge patches of bright yellow everywhere! A simple way to brighten up your home after the winter months is to bring in a bouquet of flowers. Roses, peonies, hydrangeas all make for great additions to any table or windowsill! I even add a bouquet to my desk while I work for an added bonus 🙂
- Candles. Even though it’s warming up, I still love burning candles! Opt for candles with lighter scents. Our go-to scent is a lavender vanilla, but I also love peony and cedar.
- Road trip. It doesn’t have to be very far! It can even be to the next town over. There is something special about exploring a place that isn’t quite home. You can road trip with your friends or by yourself. As an introvert, I never turn down a little alone time for a recharge!
- Read. I, of course, could not leave without putting this one on the list 😉 I read just about every day. Part of it is to keep up with you all and what you’re reading and the other part is because getting lost in another world is absolutely magical. If you need book recommendations, you can definitely check out my reading section or see what I’m up to on Instagram!
HYGGE CHALLENGE: Try at least one of these this spring and let me know how it goes! For a bonus challenge, have that real, honest, and raw conversation with a loved one that you’ve been debating about where and when to talk about it. Hygge is about you as much as it is about us. Foster community and live a little! 🙂