As the days grow darker and colder for many of us, it’s only natural to feel a little down about the coming months of shorter days, bad weather and staying in. We can look to the inspiration of the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark to learn how to emotionally sustain ourselves through the fall and winter and create a hygge lifestyle that can serve you well throughout the year.
What Is Hygge Anyway?
You may have seen some mention of Hygge without really knowing what it is. For starters, hygge is actually pronounced hoo-gah. Hygge is a practice that originated in Denmark, as Danish believe in simplifying your life in order to bring in more positivity, comfort, and contentment. The Germans describe it as gemütlichkeit, and in Scotland, it’s called còsagach. Hygge is simply about creating an atmosphere of being cozy, warm, comfortable, positive, and happy. You start to spend more time with family and friends. You forget the trappings of material possessions and work to simplify your life. You spend more time in front of the fire while snuggling under a warm blanket. This is what hygge represents, and the good news is that you can learn to use it in your everyday life. Fall is a wonderful time to hygge. During this season, you naturally want to see your loved ones more often, express gratitude, and decorate your home.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Fall
Find some fall fragrances that you love and remind you of the season, then use them to relax. This is a wonderful way to unwind and get cozy in your home, while also embracing your favorite scents during the fall season. There are many different types of fall scents, including those that are stand alone scents like herbs and essential oils, and scents that are combined to remind you of everything from forests in the fall to the smell of baking treats in the kitchen. Here’s some ideas to get you started!
Burn candles. This is probably the simplest way to enjoy fall scents for hygge. You’re already relaxing on your couch, while snuggling under a cozy blanket with a good book. Lighting a candle is a great way to add some additional warmth and coziness. You can find many fall-inspired candle scents from pumpkin spice to vanilla chai latte.
Essential Oils. You can also use essential oils for an intoxicating fall aroma.. If you get an essential oil diffuser, you can add a few drops of your favorite scents to the diffuser. The great thing about oils is that they can be used alone, or you can create your own blends. There are also many fall-themed blends already mixed for you.
Use a Simmer Pot A simmer pot is made with a pot of water and herbs to bring a fall smell into your kitchen and the rest of your home. For a fall simmer pot, add ingredients like orange rinds, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and any fall spices you happen to have on hand. Let it simmer over the stove, then turn the heat off, but leave the pot out.
Bake with Fall Spices. If you’d rather do actual baking instead of making a simmerpot, you can do that as well! Bake your favorite pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, or apple crumb to get those smells wafting throughout your home.
Put Out Some Potpourri Potpourri is great when you want the smell to last, without having to do anything extra. All you need to do is fill a big bowl with potpourri of a fall scent,then leave it out. Once the smell is gone, just replace it with something new.
Bring Cozy into Your Home
Hygge is all about being cozy and comfortable in your environment. A really easy way todo that during the fall is to bring the cozy and simplicity into your home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to bring some fall atmosphere into your home. You can find lots of things at your thrift or dollar store. Look outside for some natural (and free!) things to bring in such as acorns and pinecones. Try switching up your colors colors a little by adding more warm colors like red, orange, yellow, and green. This can be in the form of throw pillows on the sofa, changing the flowers in your vase, and adding little decorative accessories where you think your home needs it. You will not only welcome the change of the season, but decorating always creates a warm and welcoming environment at home.
Add Lots of Blankets and Pillows This is definitely a must for hygge especially in the fall! It’s going to get a bit colder, so you want to stay warm and cozy in your living room. Add soft blankets that you can burrow in while watching a movie or reading a book. Make sure to have throw pillows of different sizes and shapes to create that comfortable environment you are looking for.
Get More Warmth in Your Home. Make sure your home is nice and toasty, but not too hot. If you have indoor heating and air, this will be simple to do. However, for hygge, it is best to get warmth from things that add to the environment, such as with candles burning or a fireplace.
Display Beautiful Books. Since you are looking to relax and live a simplistic life in the fall with hygge, consider reading more, and watching less TV or using the internet every day. Find some good books, in whatever genre you enjoy the most. Lay them around on tables and chairs to encourage you to read them more often. Use Your Fireplace. You probably already know the benefits of using a fireplace, from having more heat without turning on your heater, to having more ambience during the cooler months. Get Softer
Lighting. Hygge is all about comfort and simplifying things, so you don’t want to have bright fluorescent light bulbs turned on throughout the day and night. The easiest option is to turn off most of the lights in the room, then start up your fireplace. This is going to offer enough light to see, without taking away from your relaxing and happy atmosphere. Use
Your Fireplace. Have you ever noticed that when the fireplace is going, people tend to gravitate toward it? It creates a wonderful ambiance in the family room, where everyone wants to gather in the same room to sit quietly and watch a movie, or each do their own thing, while still being together. But even if you don’t have a traditional fireplace, you can always put in an electric one. While you won’t get the same smells and warmth from it, it still provides that atmosphere and ambiance you are going for. hy That is the beauty of having a fireplace.
Experience Fall Outdoors
While a lot of people consider hygge to be something you do indoors, it is not just about being cozy in your home. During the fall, you can also practice hygge by going outside and enjoying seasonal activities with friends and family. The important thing is that you are happy and enjoying life with people you love. Always focus on the positive and continue expressing your gratitude. Some fun fall outdoor activities that will help you practice hygge include:
*Going to a pumpkin patch
*Staying at a cabin
*Enjoying fall hikes
*Going on bike rides
Bring Nature Indoors. Don’t forget to bring some of that Autumn nature indoors! This can be in the form of seasonal flowers like pansies and chrysanthemums, or with any of your favorite house plants. Even if you live in a warmer climate like we do, there’s always ways to enjoy the season. You just have to be a little more creative about it!
Indulge in Fall Treats
Many women enjoy getting in the kitchen to bake this time of year. We all love the smell of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, making cookies with our kids, and cooking favorite comfort foods. To practice hygge in the fall, don’t underestimate the power of food, family, and being together during this time of year.
Enjoy quiet evenings at home by baking gingerbread cookies with your kids, or inviting friends over for a dinner party with all your favorite comfort foods of the season. You can even keep it healthy by going for more fresh produce of the season, and focusing on fall superfoods.
If you’re on a restricted diet, it’s good to know that there are more grain and gluten free options appearing all the time so that you don’t have to miss out!
Finally remember to make family memories during the fall season if you want to practice real hygge. This is a wonderful season for spending more time with family and friends. From the holidays that take place in the fall, to the various activities you can enjoy, there is a lot you can do!