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Why A Little Scandinavian Hygge Is Good For Our Wellbeing

The Scandinavian hygge lifestyle has been popular for a few years now, but it’s proving to be more than a passing wellness trend. The concept of hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) particularly appeals to us here in the UK, possibly because we share similar long gloomy winters…

Here’s a look at exactly what hygge means, why it is good for us, and how to bring it into your life.

There’s no exact translation for the word hygge, but it can be loosely described as a sort of cosiness. However, it’s also about living well and spending quality time with friends and family. It’s perhaps no surprise that the concept of the Scandinavian BBQ cabin first originated from the land of hygge.

These attractive log cabins have an octagonal shape and a pointed roof that supports a chimney. The interior features comfortable seating around a centrally integrated grill, and is the perfect setting for the ultimate cosy night in. It enables you to get away from it all without having to sacrifice any home comforts or worry about a stressful journey home.

Whether you want some chillaxing time with your family or a special place to entertain visitors, then the cabin brings the perfect atmosphere. Cook up some good old comfort food such as sausages and burgers or simply treat yourself to toasted chestnuts or marshmallows round the fire.

In a world that seems to be increasingly uncertain, fast-paced and stressful, these simple moments in life are becoming all the more precious. Speaking to Everyday Health, Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute explained that hygge is not just about physical comfort; it’s also a mindset and a way of approaching life.

Wiking said: “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. Hygge is also about creating a comforting social and emotional environment for yourself; it’s about who you choose to surround yourself with and what you choose to spend your time doing.”

“It is about being with the people we love; a feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and are allowing ourselves to let our guard down.”

How to make your hut feel even more hygge

It’s all about the atmosphere, but a few beautiful items of homeware can help to put the finishing touches on your cosy cabin. Keep the lighting soft and warm with plenty of pillar candles and lanterns, and maybe some fairy lights for that festive feel.

Bring in plenty of textiles, with wall hangings, rugs, and oodles of soft blankets and cushions in rich warm colours such as amber, russet, gold, and earthy greens, browns, and dusky pinks. A touch of winter foliage such as holly or mistletoe will add to the festive feel and bring you closer to the calming influence of nature.

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