10 ways to embrace Autumn
I’m a huge (*hygge) fan of all things scandi, and have been a long term fan of Danish lifestyle trend du jour – Hygge – pronounced hoo-ga, the Danish word hygge roughly translates to ‘cosiness’ and is a concept that the Danes embrace (with gusto) to get them through the long, dark months (of which there are six in Scandinavia – can you imagine?!).
In a nut shell, it involves nature, friends, family, eating, drinking, blankets and fluffy socks to candles and rich hot chocolate – pretty much all my favourite things, the Danes are experts at cosy-ing up – here’s how to add a little hygge to your life:
1. Embrace the outdoors: Sod the gym – get on your bike, go for a walk or sit on a beach looking out to the horizon; Cornwall was made for outdoorsy types! Fresh air puts colour in your cheeks and boosts your circulation. Then head indoors to cosy up by an open fire.
2. Enjoy a meal with family and friends: Meals around the table with family are very hygge – Danes getting together to enjoy a roast or supper at least once a week. Any excuse to eat and drink, that’s what I say!
3. Make time for Fika: Danes drink a lot of coffee but – unlike us – they don’t grab a cup on the run, but take time out of their day to sit with friends and enjoy each cup. You can never have enough breaks right? Known as Fika this daily break often includes cinnamon buns or pastries – win win.
4. Eat without the side of guilt: Hygge is all about eating what you want to eat, when you want to eat it – whether that’s sticky buns, fresh bread and homemade jams or fish and chips. Big bowls of porridge, steaming mugs of hot chocolate and mulled wine are all very hygge. Bin those control pants – you’ll walk it all off on your bike ride or walk tomorrow.
5. Sing for your spirits: The Danes drink a spirit that’s a bit like Gin and sing a song together before knocking it back. Called Aquavit, downing this gut-boosting spirit without a song is a bit like serving a roast dinner without gravy.
6. Cosy up: Make your home as cosy as possible with candlelight, fairy lights, open fires, and fluffy blankets and rugs and bunker down when the wind bites. Any excuse to shop for new accessories – try Atlantic blankets for, duh blankets, and inspired living for all sorts of lovely scandi bits.
7. Read a book: When was the last time you lost yourself in an actual good book (not your kindle) or read an entire paper? Hygge is all about taking time to enjoy the simple things in life, so give technology a rest for a few hours and lose yourself – which brings me to….
8. Turn it off. No seriously, unless you are a doctor on call or something, no one is going to die. Be in the moment by putting your phone face down and out of reach.
9. Grab a loved one: Whether it’s your child, dog, cat or partner, hygge is best enjoyed in the company of someone you love, and finally
10. Dress for the (non)occasion: Oversized jumpers that feel like you’re being hugged, fluffy sippers, thick socks and warm pyjamas are essential. Whoo hoo! I’m finally bang on trend!