Winter 🙃. I have a love-hate relationship with this season, more so leaning on the hate, simply because IT’S TOO DAMN COLD! I live in Canada and let’s just say it’s known to have some TERRIBLE winters. The only thing I love about winter is snow and I’m talking about freshly fallen snow, not that Not only is it cold but it’s dark at 3 pm, everything seems to be moving slower, there’s not much to do (except for the people who adore winter activities), you just want to stay indoors and hibernate throughout the entire season; however, not everyone has that luxury because some of us have to leave the house to go to work🥲. This year, I made a vow to myself to try and like winter (I know, I was shocked at myself too). I decided one day that instead of sulking about winter, I will try and find creative ways to make it as enjoyable as possible. The first thing to do is to stop talking about how much you hate winter (talking to myself).
Try to find joy in winter.
“Winter is season of recovery and preparation.” Paul Theroux
One of the ways I intend on finding joy in this unlikeable weather is to incorporate more hygge into my life. Hygge. Such a funny-looking and sounding word, by the way, it’s pronounced “hoo-gah” or “hue-gah”. Hygge is a Danish term that originated from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. It roughly translates to the quality of coziness and comfort. The word and concept are where the idea of this log was conceived. I think I came across the word a little over a year ago and came to the realization that there is actually a word to describe me/the lifestyle I love. In case you haven’t noticed, I love all things warm, cuddly, lovely and cozy. Hygge is not a thing but rather a state of being, it’s about finding joy in the simple things in life🤍
As I mentioned before, hygge is more so a state of being than a physical thing; however, there are things you can do and add to your life to make it more “hyggelit”.
. a hot cup of tea or any warm beverage
- spending quality time with loved ones, friends and family
- instead of harsh overhead lights, use lots of candles
- fuzzy blankets & socks
- watching rain or snowfall by the window
- curling up with a good book
- baking sweet treats or bread
- listening to a jazz or classical playlist (my favs)
- take a walk (let’s see how this one goes)
- reading a book by the fireplace (if you don’t have a fireplace, there are tons of 4k UHD fireplace videos on Youtube that you can play on your tv).
Things to do
- attend a light festival ( check your local area for popups throughout the season)
- learn a new skill
- try a winter activity (tobogganing, skiing, sledding, snowboarding etc)
- staycation- (I want to visit Blue mountain)
- binge-watch a new series or rewatch your favourite show
- ice skating
- indoor picnic
- winter photoshoot
- game nights
- cabin stay
- create a new year vision board
We’ve got this!