It’s the first week of December and I’m wondering how in the world that happened. The last few months, especially, have been a blur of travel (for fun, and not-so-fun reasons) and lots of work. In fact, this last weekend was the first weekend I’ve been in Sydney in 7 weeks! Needless to say, I’m exhausted and in dire need of some down time. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling like this, and sadly a lot of us aren’t going to get our much needed down time until after the Christmas/New Year rush… But. I’m definitely going to schedule in at least a couple of hours or a full day over the next few weeks to recharge my batteries.
And I thought that there’s no better way to do this than follow the Danes in their art of practicing ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hue-gah’)… Hygge is a Danish word I’ve read all over the internet lately which means ‘cosiness’ or the feeling you get when you take delight in the little things. It’s all about relaxing, feeling comfortable and ‘at home’ and enjoying the simple things in life. During the winter, it’s all about activities like putting on a pair of woollen socks, savouring a cup of hot chocolate, reading a book under a blanket or Sunday dinners with family or friends.
I didn’t think hygge could be applied in summer because I associate wanting to be cosy with winter. After all, I would imagine it would really comes to life in the harsh Scandinavian winters. But apparently, the Danes also practice it during the summer as well!
So… I’ll be practicing hygge in the next few weeks this summer by….
- Eating my lunch outside in the Botanic Gardens. It’s a great way to break up the work day with some sunshine and fresh air.
- Reading a good book – or three – outside on my balcony in the sun with a cup of iced tea. Or inside with my little fan blaring cold air onto my face.
- Going for a walk through some of Sydney’s stunning parklands… like the Taronga to Balmoral Beach track which is one of my fave walks.
- Lazy weekend brunches at a café in the sun… too many to chose from in Sydney!
- Eating ice cream, frozen grapes and mangoes with yogurt and all things cold in general!
- Cooling down in an ocean bath or swimming pool (because I learned to swim last summer!).
- Writing Christmas cards to my nearest and dearest with a cup of tea and some Christmas treats.
- Journaling – actually writing with a pen on a paper – which can be done in summer or winter, I know, but it’s my new thing. I hadn’t written in a journal for years until last month and now I can’t stop writing on paper!
I hope you get some down time and practice hygge during this busy period. It’s really important to look after yourself…