Monday, 13 January 2020

More "Hygge"

In my previous post we spoke about the concept of 'hygge' and I promised that we will discuss ways in which we can bring more 'hygge' into our lives.   Therefore today, I want you to take a look around your home, or maybe just one room.

Take the one room in the house where you spend the most time.  Maybe it is your bedroom, or your lounge or maybe the kitchen.  Really look at it and evaluate it.  Is it a place that makes you happy?  Look at the space, the objects in it, the lights and the layout.  Does it fill you with joy being in there, being surrounded by all the things in there?  Does it give you a feeling of coziness or does it suffocate you, or maybe make you feel claustrophobic?  Maybe it makes you feel that there is something missing, or maybe it feels too clinical or empty.  Evaluate these feelings and perceptions.

Remember hygge is all about a feeling of comfort, wellness and simplicity.  Does your room make you feel cozy and content?  If not, what is it that you should change to feel more at ease in your space?  Maybe there is too much clutter?  Or maybe the lighting is too harsh?  Carefully take stock of your surroundings and make a list of the things you could change.  Perhaps clutter is not the problem, maybe you prefer clean modern lines but it feels too cold? Then all you might need is the addition of a few scatter cushions or a grouping of candles.  Does the room make you feel claustrophobic?  Perhaps it is time to let go of the things and objects which do not really fill you with joy.  Only keep those things which you love and which contribute positively to your mindset and space.  Let go of the clutter.

Do not mistake clutter for rubbish.  Your clutter may be somebody else's treasure, their hygge.  Clutter are those things which do not belong in a given space and do not serve a purpose, whether it be practical or aesthetic.  Clutter contribute to untidiness and messiness.  Very often our lives are overrun by clutter because we have simply not taken the trouble to decide what to do with something or finding a place for it.  However, clutter is often the very thing which contributes to our anxiety and irritations.  It takes the joy out of our living spaces and they become places of disorder.

This week I want you to take that one room or even just one area of a room and restore it to a place of comfort, happiness and a feeling of well-being.  Let go of the unnecessary stuff, replace it with a warm cozy blanket or a delicately scented candle.  Fill your whole being with a sense of calm.

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