There’s something about fall that makes you want to slow down.
Maybe it’s because it comes so close on the heels of a hectic summer.
Or perhaps it’s the cooler days and changing colors that make us want to stop a bit, get cozy, and catch up on a little bit of self care.
Hygge is the perfect way to do just that – slow down, cozy up, and indulge in some much-needed self-care.
So What is Hygge?
Pronounced as ‘hoo-gah’, this is a Danish concept that has become popular around the world thanks to “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living”, written by Meik Wiking.
Hygge cannot be translated literally. There’s no one word that describes it adequately. According to Meik Wiking, “the true essence of hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness”. It encompasses a feeling of well-being, happiness, and cozy contentment brought about by enjoying the simple things in life.
The Danes should know! Denmark regularly features among the top 5 in the list of the world’s happiest countries, published every year by the World Happiness Report.
The Danes believe in simplifying their lives in order to bring in more positivity, comfort, and contentment. They focus on the small things that really matter, including spending more quality time with family and friends and family.
Hygge is all about being cozy, warm, comfortable, positive, and happy. You spend more time with family and friends. You forget the notions of material possessions and simplify your life. You spend more time in front of the fire while snuggling under a warm blanket.
This and so much more is what hygge represents, and you can use it in your everyday life.
Fall also happens to be an amazing time of year for hygge. During this season, you want to stay home more and spend time indoors with loved ones. This is also the season to express gratitude, and decorate your home.
Here are some a few ways to practice hygge and bring on that cozy feeling this fall.
1. Bring the Scents of Fall Indoors
Bring outdoor fall scents is a great way to create that warm cozy feeling indoors. This is a really effective way to relax, unwind, and get cozy in your home, while also embracing your favorite scents and flavors of the fall season.
There are several ways you can do this but first, let’s take a look at the classic scents of fall.
Scents to Consider
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 are some excellent ones to start with:
- Spices like nutmeg and ginger
Different Ways to Enjoy Fall Scents in Your Home
There are several ways you can enjoy fall scents in your home to practice hygge during this season.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Diffuse Essential Oils – Just add a few drops of your favorite fall scents to the diffuser.
Diffuse Homemade Essential Oil Blends – While using standalone fall essential oils is great, you can take this one step further with fall essential oil blends. Fall essential oil blends give you the benefits of several essential oil blends. Check out the recipes of these essential oil blends that are perfect for use during fall – Pumpkin Spice, Fallen Leaves, Chai Tea, Festive Haloween, Crisp Autumn Air,
Diffuse Readymade Fall Blends – Don’t want to make your own fall blends. There are many fall-themed blends already mixed for you.
Light Aromatherapy Candles – This is probably the simplest way to enjoy fall scents for hygge. You are already relaxing on your couch, while snuggling under a cozy blanket with a good book. Lighting a candle seems like the next natural step. You can find many fall-inspired candle scents from pumpkin spice to vanilla chai latte.
Make a Simmer Pot – Making a simmer pot is really simple. Put a pot of water along with a few select ingredients on the stove and let it simmer on low heat. The aroma it gives out as it simmers will depend on the ingredients you add in the water. 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 for a while, then turn the heat off, but leave the pot open.
Bake with Fall Spices – If you want to do actual baking instead of making a simmer pot, 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 Fall-Scented 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 or re-scent the potpourri by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil blend to it. Make Your Own Fall-Scented Potpourri or check out these ready to go fall-scented potpourri packs available on Amazon.
2. Bring Cozy into Your Home
Hygge is all about being cozy and comfortable in your environment. A really easy way to do that during the fall is to bring the cozy and simplicity into your home.
Decorate for the Season
An easy way to start is by decorating for the fall season. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to do this. Just switch up your 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 embrace the change of the season, but decorating always creates a warm and welcoming environment at home.
Here are a few ways you can do this:
Add Lots of Blankets and Pillows – This is a must for hygge – especially in the fall. It is going to get a bit colder, so you want to stay warm and cozy in your living room. Add soft blankets that can envelop you 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.
Add Candles and Essential Oils – Not only are candles good for light and warmth, but for getting some fall scents into your home as well. The scents also help bring you into the fall season, and help you relax when you use aromatherapy candles or essential oils.
Lay Out Some Great Books – Since you are looking to relax and live a simplistic life in the fall with hygge, consider reading more, and watching less TV. Get 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.
Bring Nature Indoors – Finally, 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.
3. Indulge in Fall Treats
There are so many wonderful things about cooking and baking during the fall season, from the smell of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, to making cookies with your kids, and cooking your 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.
4. Get That Fireplace Started
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. There are also some unique benefits for the purpose of hygge, especially during the fall season.
Creates a Relaxing Atmosphere – Having a fireplace really brings more warmth into a family room. 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. You can also get a portable fireplace if that is your only option.
Encourages More Family Time – Have you ever noticed that when the fireplace is going, people tend to gravitate toward it? It creates this wonder 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. That is the beauty of having a fireplace.
Provides Softer Lighting – Hygge is all about comfort and simplifying things. If you want to go for soft lighting, you don’t always have to replace all your lamps for the fall season. An easier 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.
5. Experience Fall Outdoors
Yes, hygge can definitely be taken outdoors! It is not just about cuddling under a blanket in front of the fire, though that is a great way to practice hygge. Hygge is the practice of unwinding and finding a calm and positive mindset, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
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
Taking a picnic to the park
6. Enjoy Warm Drinks
This is a very simple activity you can incorporate into your daily routine in the fall season. It is perfect for when you are trying to get cozy and relax indoors, especially in a cold or rainy day. This can be a cup of homemade cocoa or apple cider, or have a little kick in it with a hot toddy or Irish coffee. Nothing wrong with that!
7. Schedule Down Time Into Your Day
Sometimes you have to make time for relaxation. It seems crazy, but when it comes to hygge, it doesn’t always happen organically. People live busy lives, and rarely leave time for themselves. If you need to, schedule down time into your day, or at least once a week. Make sure it is when you can fully relax, without something heavy on your mind, and without feeling like you need to check your phone to answer emails or bring your laptop with you.
8. Make Family Memories
Lastly, remember to make family memories during the fall season if you want to practice more 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!
Want to know more about hygge and how to create that warm, cozy feeling all year round. Pick up the The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living and get your hygge on! Trust me, it’s worth it.