Spring is when you feel refreshed; as the temperature gets warmer, you spend more time outdoors, and you can find that energy you were missing during the cold winter months. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the practices of hygge.
At its very heart, hygge promotes coziness. So, anything you associate with being cozy fits into the hygge lifestyle. Do you have a favorite pair of sweatpants? Then lucky for you, they’re part of hygge. Candles, fireplaces, blankets, enclosed spaces, warm temperatures, soft rugs, even softer couches, and beds, essentially anything that brings you comfort, are part of the hygge way.
Hygge was created as a way to endure the harsh winters in the Nordic countries until spring and summer came. Those who visited fell in love with the warm ambiance, and they decided to bring it back home with them. Before you knew it, hygge had spread like wildfire throughout Scandinavia.
Although the hygge lifestyle is commonly associated with winter, it does not imply that it can only be practiced during that season. The greatest thing about hygge is that it is customizable. You don’t need fireplaces and warm temperatures pumping into your room to make your hygge room authentic. You just need to make it cozy, comfortable, and cozy.
When you’re feeling cozy and comfortable, you are at your ultimate ability to relax. Spring is the time to let go of all your troubles and enjoy life. What better way to do that than by incorporating some of the practices of hygge into your life?
One of the best ways to relax is by reading a book. Whether you’re curled up on the couch with a blanket or enjoying the sun outdoors, reading is a perfect way to unwind. And what could be cozier than reading a book that’s been chosen explicitly for relaxation?
If you’re not much of a reader, how about trying out a new activity? Maybe something that gets you outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. Taking walks, biking, and swimming are all great exercises to do in the springtime. Or, if you’d rather stay inside, you could try crafting or baking. Anything that brings you joy is perfect for practicing hygge.
For many people, their coziness usually involves some element of entertainment. Whether you like to watch TV, listen to music, or play video games, having an entertainment space is a key part of the hygge lifestyle.
In the spring, it’s great to have your entertainment space outdoors. That way, you can enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of the natural light. If you have a porch or deck, set up some comfortable seating and maybe a small table for drinks or snacks. You could also hang a few plants or flowers to brighten the space.
If you don’t have an outdoor entertainment space, don’t worry! You can still create a cozy atmosphere indoors. Try setting up your TV or gaming system in a comfortable spot and adding some plush pillows or blankets. If you have any windows, make sure to dress them up with curtains or drapes. And don’t forget about lighting! A few well-placed lamps can make all the difference.
For others, you may want to have a cozy window seat that overlooks the backyard and have a bookshelf nearby to hold your favorite reads. Cozy nooks like this are perfect for practicing hygge.
When we bought our first (and current) house and moved to the countryside several years ago, I finally had enough space at home to create my hygge room — a room where I could escape to for relaxation and entertainment.
Although my hygge room has gone through a few changes over the years, the key elements have always been there: comfortable seating, soft lighting, plants, and lots of books. I like to keep the temperature slightly cooler in my room to snuggle up under a blanket while I read or watch TV. And I always have a few candles burning to create a warm and cozy atmosphere.
If you have more space, your hygge room can easily become your entertainment space for hosting cozy parties for your friends. Set up some comfortable seating, add a few snacks and drinks, and you’re good to go!
Get Ready for Easter
Easter will fall in April in Norway, so many people are getting ready for it. For example, at my school, we have been making sure the windows are clean to see the pretty colors out them when the sun starts setting earlier.
Getting ready for Easter also means getting ready for a new beginning. It’s a time to clean out your old energy and make way for the new — both physically cleaning your home and mentally decluttering your thoughts. Either way, take some time this spring to get ready for Easter and enjoy all the cozy relaxation that comes with it.
Spring clean is something I always do before Easter. I like to get all my cleaning supplies together and go through each room, one by one. I usually start with the kitchen because that’s where all the food is, and then I move on to the living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
It’s not always fun, but it’s definitely rewarding to see everything clean and organized. And it definitely feels like a fresh start for the new season.
A Simple Getaway
With the spring season and Easter come spring break, a usual influx of work and social engagements. You need a place to get away from it all, and for many people, that place is their hygge space.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with everything going on in your life, take a few minutes to relax in your hygge space. Read a book, watch a movie, or sit back and relax. It may not solve all your problems, but it’ll definitely help you take a step back and recharge.
For others, it can be an Easter trip (yes, we Norwegians have a word for this very trip — påsketur) to get away from the everyday routine and enjoy some good old-fashioned relaxation. Either way, take some time this spring to find your own personal hygge space and escape from the chaos of life.
Since proper vacations aren’t typically held until the summer season in Norway, many people use their Easter break as an opportunity to take a quick trip somewhere — a cottage by the sea, a cabin in the mountains, or even just a hotel room in a nearby town.
Whatever your plans are, make sure to take some time to relax and enjoy yourself. After all, that’s what hygge is all about!
Spring is a time of renewals, new beginnings, and Easter. It’s also a time for getting ready for the new season and enjoying all the relaxation that comes with it. So take some time this spring to get ready for Easter and enjoy all the cozy peace that comes with it. And don’t forget to take some time for yourself in your hygge space!