Hygge? Higgy? Hougah? Pronounced hoo-ga, hygge is a Danish ritual focused on enjoying life’s simplest pleasures. The Danes are known to be the happiest people in the world, and their secret to happiness is hygge. College is a stressful time when things can get very overwhelming. Between going to classes, studying for exams, being in clubs and trying to maintain a social life, it’s really hard to find time for yourself. At times like this, it’s important to take things slow and enjoy the little things in life. You’ve probably seen this word all over social media and wondered what it was. Well, lucky for you, the Clog’s here to break it down for you in the best way we can: through a list! Here’s a quick guide to how you can practice hygge to start your semester off on a positive note.
It’s all about lighting. The key to creating a hygge-like environment is to light a bunch of candles. Lighting candles instantly changes the vibe of the room that you’re in. If you’re living in the dorms, lighting candles isn’t so practical. Instead, turn down the lights and opt for some lower-temperature light bulbs to create a soft and cozy environment. You could even get some white string lights and hang them on your walls. If you randomly have a fireplace, you’ve hit the ultimate hygge jackpot. We are going to go out on a limb here and assume that most of you don’t have a fireplace at your disposal, so we encourage you to play a video of a fireplace in the background instead. Light ‘em up!
Turn off your phone and enjoy the now. Try to get through the day without being interrupted by the flash of your phone screen or sound of your ringtone. Removing yourself from the craziness of social media and technology can allow you to take a breather and simply focus on being in the present moment. Don’t worry, those notifications will still be there when you turn on your phone later. Just sit back, relax and be in the moment. Take in everything that life has given you so far. Be here now.
When things get a little bit hectic in our lives, we tend to shut out those who care about us the most. Practice hygge by spending time with your support network. This could mean grabbing coffee with friends in between classes or just having them over to hang out. Reflect on fond memories and share some laughs, smiles and even tears (happy tears, of course!). Nothing compares to spending quality time with those you love. Some may think that they don’t have enough time to spend with friends and family. More often than not, you’ll find that you’re happier after having spent time with them!
Food and drinks
Nothing is more hygge-like than enjoying sweets, comfort foods and warm beverages. Treat yourself to your favorite candy or dessert (or both!). You could just go out and buy cookies or cake, but why not make it yourself or in the company of friends? Go ahead and invite some of your friends over for a baking party. It’s time to roll up those sleeves and get your hands dirty. Make Gordon Ramsay proud, Golden Bears. Plus, there’s nothing better than the smell of something baking in the oven. While you’re waiting for your treats to bake, enjoy some hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Enjoy the ambiance, aroma of baked goods, warmth of the mug in your hand and the company of friends. It doesn’t get any more hygge-like than this.
Attire is everything. Hygge is all about being comfortable and casual. That means thick sweaters, lots of layers, fuzzy socks and big scarves. What’s most important is that you wear something that makes you happy. That’s what hygge is all about. Don’t worry about whether your outfit is red-carpet ready — the fashion police aren’t here to judge you. Wear your favorite comfy sweater and relax in bed with your fluffiest blanket, a cup of tea and a good book!
College is fun but it’s also a very stressful time for many of us. No matter what happens, always remember to make time for yourself and #treatyourself! Do things that make you happy, spend more time with people who make you feel loved and eat food that leaves you craving more — practice hygge.