Five Things That Help Me With Hygge

Living in Chicago in February takes a nasty toll on me. I become more sluggish, a bit lazy and need an extra nudge or four to be social. To get through the cold months, I try not to fight it so much and hunker down. It's my own version of Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh.)

According to Hygge House, "Hygge is the Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special."

To me, it's all about acceptance of the cold, the bleary, the lack of motivation and cultivating an attitude of acceptance and enjoyment of the moments as they come. I do this with the help of a few things. All of which keep me cozy.

Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bodywash It's hard to take a shower on cold winter mornings. But I SWEAR, the scent of this body wash makes me feel warm enough to brave the cold tile in my bathroom. While it is a luxury at $30 a bottle, I don't feel too bad buying it because 1. It makes me really, really happy and 2. I use Aveeno all summer long which clocks in at only $7 a bottle. So there.

Madewell Color block blanket scarf Nothing like a scarf to make you feel like you're getting a hug. Blanket scarves are longer and wider and cover not just your precious neck but your shoulders and arms as well. Perfect to wear to that restaurant that is just a bit too chilly or your kiddos' basketball game where you never know if you'll be in a freezer or a heater. This one by Madewell is great, and the light colors will move well into spring.

Pottery Barn faux sheep skin throw  This. Throw. Is. My. Jam. I was lucky enough to receive it as a Christmas gift this year and I carry it around like Linus carries his blue blankie. It comes up to bed with me and downstairs to my favorite reading chair.  It's a weighty and snuggly blankie that will be hard to put away come summer. Because I'm a blanket whore, I also have the less expensive version from Target, which is not as heavy and warm, but equally comfy and pretty. (Target cream long faux fur throw.)

Tumeric Latte This drink is a Godsend for Hyggie lovers. It has no caffeine from coffee and no calories from hot chocolate plus has health benefits of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and ginger. The almond milk in the blender creates a yummy froth while the fragrance of the ginger soothes my soul. If you are not a froth kind of guy or girl, you can also create a turmeric tea. I use the linked recipe sans cinnamon, but it is delicious either way.

Year of Yes I'm late to the Shonda Rhimes party, but gosh I'm glad I came. Year of Yes, published in 2015, written by Ms. Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, writes about how she agrees to say Yes to everything for one year after realizing she says No, to everything.  I downloaded this gem on Audible and am laughing and having 'aha' moments quite a bit. It doesn't actually fit the Hyggie vibe, but listening to this book is Keeping me company and motivated when I go for a walk in 15 degree weather and keeping me motivated so I don't turn into a complete slug by March. Say yes to Year of Yes.

What keeps you in a warm, present moment mood during the winter doldrums? Do you feel Hygge? Or are you just living for June?  Let me know in the comments below.

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