Hygge For Beginners Who Want To Live Their Coziest Life, But Don't Know Where To Start

By
Ad failed to load

2018 is finally here, and that can only mean one thing: It's that time of the year to be totally freaking terrified by all of the resolutions you promised you would take on. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the fact that it's only day two, you might want to consider adding this feel-good resolution to your list of habit changes: to start practicing hygge. If you're not familiar with this way of life, rest assured, there are plenty of tips about hygge for beginners that you can use to help you embrace the change.

"Hygge" is a Danish term that loosely translates into a notion of "getting cozy." More specifically, it's “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." As you may have already guessed, the Danish credit their hygge lifestyle for why they're consistently rated the happiest country in the world. The best news about all of this? Hygge is basically just a state of mind, one that you can access from anywhere, in virtually any way you see fit, and of course, it essentially allows you to have a good reason to snuggle up more often.

If you're not already completely sold on the idea of hygge as your number one New Year's resolution priority, consider this:

Ad failed to load

A hygge lifestyle basically encourages you to cancel your plans, throw on a fluffy robe and slippers, and watch Netflix all day long.

OK, maybe it doesn't encourage you to cancel your plans, but it does emphasize the importance of finding little ways to encourage contentment and well-being, and those two definitely go hand-in-hand in my book.

Ad failed to load

There are countless ways to start adding a little bit of hygge to your life, but it really depends on what you, as an individual, find comforting.

The easiest way to start is to find a few free minutes in your daily routine and save them for an activity focused solely on your well-being. For example, you could set your alarm 10 minutes earlier so that you can enjoy your morning coffee without feeling rushed. Or, conversely, you could set your alarm 20 minutes later if all you want is just a little more shut-eye.

Some basic ingredients to the ultimate hygge Friday night might look like this: slippers, PJs, a fluffy robe, a new book (or a new TV series, depending on what relaxes you), a decaffeinated mug of tea, and a deliciously scented candle.

Ad failed to load

Hygge doesn't necessarily have to be about being alone, though. It's all about what makes you feel content.

Giphy

If you're a social butterfly, hygge might mean having a girls' night or meeting someone for coffee on a Saturday morning. The key is figuring out what makes you feel warm and cozy, and then mindfully seeking that feeling out on a more consistent basis.

Ad failed to load

One way to approach a new hygge lifestyle is to write a list of your favorite things and activities. For example, my hygge-inspired Saturday looks something like this: pour-over coffee at home, snuggly socks and slippers, a mountain of blankets, some Sex And The City re-runs followed by a full season of Girls, then maybe an hour or so of baking something drenched in butter and sugar.

The point of hygge is that it's not a specific activity or an especially soft product that you have to buy. Rather, it's a way of life that prioritizes little moments to keep you happy, centered, and content in your day-to-day living.

Try to find a little bit of hygge each day this week, and see how your mindset changes.

Ad failed to load

In the wake of the monstrous year that was 2017, you deserve to add a little bit of self-love to your daily routine, and the wellness focus you incorporate into your own life will surely reverberate back out into the communities you interact with.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

Your Weekly Horoscope Is Here & Your World Is About To Be Filled With Sunshine

If you've had enough of the sleepy and heavy feeling associated with Taurus season, prepare yourself for a replenishing rush of fresh energy. As of May 20, the sun has officially moved into Gemini, and the weight on your shoulders will finally start …
By Roya Backlund

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

A Dentist Reveals The Best Times To Brush Your Teeth & It's Actually So Surprising

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? If you do, you're already way ahead of me, since I usually forget about brushing my teeth before bed at least three out of seven days of the week. I'm so bad about remembering to brush my teeth before bed, that I'…
By Caroline Burke

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

How To Start Reading Tarot When You Have No Clue Where To Begin

I've been practicing tarot almost daily as part of my self-care routine for years. My favorite part of the day is putting on a face mask, pouring myself a blushing mimosa or some coffee, busting out a few crystals, and sitting down to spend a little …
By Minerva Siegel

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano
)}