What is Hygge?
Well ‘Hygge’ was one of Oxford dictionaries word of the year in 2016 and it seems to be have been a buzz word all over the internet for some time now. I was introduced to it by a friend about a year ago and since then, it makes more and more sense to me.
During a time when I was stuck indoors a lot making my HUGE Anthropologie order, I had to find a way to give something back to myself and find comfort in my surroundings, make them a little more ‘Hygge’. At the time I was living truly in the middle of nowhere, in deepest, darkest Shropshire and when sun is hard to come by during short winter days, some escape and switch off was something really important to me.
A Norwegian term for ‘well-being’ …
Officially ‘Hygge’ derives from the Norwegian term for ‘well-being’ with concepts such as ‘togetherness’, ‘relaxation’, ‘presence’ and ‘comfort’ really being at its core. After making a move away from the bright lights of the city a few years ago now, Shropshire has been my quiet place. It was a chance for my husband and I to really escape some of the hectic everyday that we all get caught up in. The rules that you ‘feel’ like are being set by others and the parameters ‘expected’ of you. Moving where we knew not a sole was liberating and daunting all at the same time and now almost 3 years on, I have a much deeper understanding of who I am and what I want for my life.
I have attained a deeper liking of peace, for appreciation of the little things and for being OK with the world around us moving a little slower. I take more time for myself and am aware that when I take time for others, I am in the moment, fully present, not preoccupied by the rush around me or on what I have planned next.
Hygge for me …
For me the idea of Hygge fits so beautifully into this and though I’m sure the buzz word of it will in time become less ‘buzzy’, I think the idea of self care and calm throughout our ever potentially complicated lives, should absolutely be a concept embraced by anyone feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from the world.
From being just the two of us in a barn, with our cats, I have over time been able to build a small community around myself which offers support and creativity which at first I was unsure I could find, though now I realise perhaps at first I wasn’t looking. By starting with a clean slate, it’s quite liberating knowing that your destiny is solely in your hands. It’s amazing how when you start seeking certain things, what and who reveal themselves. A move to a rural community has somewhat restored my faith in humanity, introduced me to kind neighbours, giving friends and many, many quietly accomplished trailblazers – the best kind.
Celebrating the everyday
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no master at this, nor has it been plain sailing … but the pursuit of happiness is something so many of us are on a journey for. For me personally, I’ve found, small changes, openness and baby steps with no expectation really is the closest I’ve got to feeling inside contentment, no matter what the world throws at me. I think everyone has ‘time’ for this, no matter what makes you busy (oh and yoga too, YOGA IS AMAZING) … we’ve only got one shot at this after all, right? …