How to survive winter?
Well, if you live where winter brings darkness and cold harsh weather, you probably just want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head for the next four months. Am I right? What if I were to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.
That in some countries, winter is embraced and celebrated, with candles, coziness, firelight, and friendship.
Where people just come together and share a meal, or settle indoors with a big chunky blanket, a cup of tea and a really good book. Sounds great right? Well it’s real.
Editor’s note: As we look at the long winter months ahead during a pandemic, I’ve updated the post to reflect our current reality. I look forward to the time when I can delete those references. December 13, 2020.
There really is a way for all of us to survive winter with joy, mindfulness and creativity. One of the concepts is Hygge, a way to bring coziness and happiness into your life every day.
I’ve got a list of 21 ways to feel happy in winter – from a big cozy sweater, and hot buttered drinks by the fire, to a family game day. What about Random Acts of Kindness? Or visiting shut-ins during the holidays.
We’ll show you many creative ways, for little or no cost, to find joy and embrace the challenges that winter brings.
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We’ve also curated a lovely little shop of Hygge gifts and you can check it out below!
Once we get past Thanksgiving (October in Canada and late November in the United States) well, the days are definitely shorter.
I get up in the dark and come home in the dark. Ugh. At this time of year people fall into two categories: The “I hate winter” group or the “How to survive winter” category!
Even our dogs get confused. Now I’m not sure a mini schnauzer and a wheaten terrier understand the benefits of Hygge and Coziness, but I’m pretty sure they’ve picked up on the fact that I’m really ok with winter these days, and actually enjoy the cold, the exercise, and the coziness with my chunky knit blanket, beautiful fat white candles, a great book, and quiet time for snoozing.
If you are enjoying this post, we’ve written extensively about Hygge. While typically enjoyed during the winter, the Danish, you can live Hygge all year long. You can Live Hygge in Spring and summer hygge has so many possibilities!
Hygge falls into so many categories too, like self-care, personal development, mindfulness, simplicity, home decor, and my favourite – happiness. Yep, plain old happiness. What could be better?
HOW TO SURVIVE WINTER WITH HYGGE FAQs
Hygge living does not require you to buy anything, change your lifestyle or diet. Hygge life is all feelings. Like those feelings you get when visiting a dear friend you haven’t seen in a long time. That feeling you get when remembering a happy childhood memory. It’s listening to your child share their excitement about snow, tobogganing or Christmas.
Hygge is often stated as the “Danish art of happiness” and The Little Book of Hygge describes the concept in detail. The Danes believe that Hygge is about togetherness, comfort and the experience itself, of being together or enjoying comfort and coziness on your own. Be sure to check out our detailed post of amazing books about hygge!
Danish winters are cold and dark, with days that appear to be much shorter than we have in North America. Sunrise is typically around 9 a.m. with sunset at 4 p.m.
Even on our shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21st, in Canada and the Northern United States, a typical sunrise starts at 7:30 and the day darkens by 4:30 ish.
Which is why Hygge is comforting, and helps the Danes deal not only with the cold and darkness, but often the depression that people can suffer as a result.
Surviving winter is no joke. And we’re not talking about winter camping here – but then again that might be kind of fun! And there are fun ways to winter camp!
I would suggest that getting through winter, surviving the short days, cold weather, and general annoyances that go with the season, is about adjusting your mindset. Using Hygge in winter opens up many opportunities to embrace the challenges that winter will throw at you.
We’ve listed twenty-one, but before we get to that, go light some lovely candles, set up some soft music, make a cup of tea and relax. We’re going to help you plan your Hygge Winter activities.
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21 WAYS TO FEEL HAPPY IN WINTER
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At the end of this post, please download your very own Hygge Planner. I’d love to hear about the things that resonate with you, and if you have tried any.