Increase your comfort level with hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”). This Danish term refers to all things comfortable and cozy, and it’s easy to achieve no matter where you live. There’s no better time than right now to incorporate the concepts of hygge into your daily life, so read on for some simple tips to try.
One of the main ideas behind hygge is to enjoy everyday life to its fullest. This can mean something different for everyone. For one person, it might involve drinking their tea from a cup made from fine china, and for another, hygge could look like reading a good book while wearing comfy sweats or swapping the usual quick shower for a leisurely bubble bath.
The point is to find coziness and enjoyment in daily activities. Often, this can be achieved with mindfulness — by slowing down and taking in every detail of what you’re doing. Even washing dishes can be a relaxing experience when you focus on the pleasing fragrance of the dish soap and the soothing warmth of the water.
The throw blanket is a must-have when it comes to bringing hygge to your home. Stock up on throw blankets and toss one on the sofa, armchair, and over the foot of the bed. There are plenty of options to choose from, including fleece and sherpa throws and those made from chenille. You’ll also find chunky, cable-knit throws that look and feel like your favorite sweater.
The bedding you choose can go a long way toward increasing your coziness level. When shopping for bed sheets, you can’t go wrong with flannel for fall and winter. Down comforters are also great for creating a cozy bed because they have a lofty look and feel and provide plenty of warmth. If you need a new mattress, memory foam mattresses come in all sizes, from twin to king, and conform to your body’s contours for custom comfort. Mattress toppers are a good addition to any mattress because they provide protection and an additional layer of cushion and support.
It’s easy to enjoy hygge every day by wearing comfortable clothes. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, either. Look for women’s loungewear with flattering features, such as yoga pants with a wide elastic waistband and a straight leg for a streamlined look. Whether you prefer women’s yoga pants, joggers, or leggings, a soft cotton tee and sherpa-lined hoodie is an ideal accompaniment.
Women’s pajama pants are another option when practicing the Danish art of comfortable living. They come in flannel that’s brushed on both sides for softness against your skin and to the touch. You can wear them with a matching flannel PJ shirt or a long-sleeve Supima cotton tee. You can even be super comfortable in a dress when you choose a soft fabric like cotton jersey. There are T-shirt dresses that toe the line between casual and dressy, along with button-down shirt dresses you can layer with a fuzzy cardigan for extra warmth and a stylish look.
Don’t forget your feet when dressing for comfort. There are all kinds of slippers for the whole family, including those lined with flannel and/or sherpa material for a plush feel and plenty of warmth. They come in bootie and moccasin styles, to name a few. There are also slipper socks, which deliver the best features of socks and slippers. You’ll find chenille slipper socks with cute pom-pom adornments, along with hand-knit cable slipper socks you can coordinate with your favorite sweater.
OK, so maybe your dog doesn’t know what hygge is, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy it. Treat your furry family member to a dog bed made from a soft material. There are beds for dogs of all sizes, some of which have cuddly sherpa exteriors and high-loft Memory Fiber fill for plenty of cushioning. Some dog beds have removable zippered covers that are machine washable for easy cleaning.
There are also Serious Sweats™ dog hoodies made from the same cotton/polyester fabric as the ones for humans. These hoodies keep your dog warm and cozy, and they’re equipped with a handy back buttonhole to pass a leash through. They also have a pocket for holding walk essentials, such as waste bags and treats.
There really aren’t any rules to follow when practicing hygge; it’s all about what makes you feel good. An attitude of gratitude is important, whether you’re savoring your morning coffee or sitting by a crackling fireplace. The more you practice the art of coziness, the more you learn what works for you and your living space. Now that you know how to enjoy the hygge lifestyle, all that’s left to do is settle in and get cozy!