Have you heard of Hygge? It is the Danish concept of cosiness, calm and simplicity and it's such a simple idea that to Danes I am sure it must seem bizarre that we need to be told about it! I love the way we can embrace ideas from other countries and cultures and make them part of our own lives in some way, such as the way we do with music and food. Denmark is the happiest place in the world, so perhaps this lifestyle has something to do with it?
The sleep specialists and bed retailer Bed Guru have recently taken an interest in Hygge. As part of their #HyggeHappy campaign they sent me a lovely kit containing a book all about Hygge, a snuggly blanket, a box of chocolates, gorgeous scented candles and some pretty fairy lights to help me bring some Hygge into my home and bedroom. I am sure I'm not alone when I say my days are busy and hectic and I often go to bed feeling completely wired with a head full of buzzing ideas and plans for the next day. The idea of bringing Hygge into my life, of slowing down and making the ordinary things have more meaning, of switching off from the world and living in a little cosy sanctuary, it warmed my heart just to think of it.
So how do you bring Hygge into your life? When you are used to constantly being on the go it can be hard to change that. Bed Guru have put together a fantastic post with some simple suggestions that anyone can try. One of them, about bringing the outdoors indoors, is something I do anyway. I buy myself fresh flowers every week and just that one small act brings me so much pleasure. I admit I mostly do it for me, as I love seeing a beautiful vase full of flowers in my living room, but I know that it also lifts the room for all of my family.
I am going to make the effort to make my home more of a sanctuary, to make it feel more warm and welcoming. I am going to finally get round to printing and framing those photos sitting on my hard drive so we are surrounded by people that make us happy and I'm going to light a scented candle or two each evening once we draw the curtains so our home is filled with a calming atmosphere.
I always read books at bedtime with the children, but I can make it more special by snuggling up with cosy blankets and hot chocolate while we read. And instead of waiting until I'm exhausted before going to bed, I'm going to go to bed slightly earlier, switch on my fairy lights, enjoy a chapter of a book and really unwind. It truly is about embracing the little things, simple acts that really don't need much effort at all, but that can really lift our spirits.
If you would like to embrace a cosier lifestyle, then Bed Guru are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a #HyggeHappy kit containing a book all about Hygge, a snuggly blanket, some fairy lights, a box of chocolates and a set of candles. Enter by completing one or more of the entry options below. UK only, ends 08/01/2017. Full T&Cs here.
How will you bring Hygge into your home?
This post is in collaboration with Bed Guru.