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As a busy millennial mom mom I often get so caught up in caring for others that I forget to slow down and take care of myself. So lately I’ve been intrigued with “hygge”, (pronounced “hue-guh”)a Danish practice of relishing the cozy moments of life.
From the blog, Hygge House:
“Hygge literally only requires a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. That’s why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’ – because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right.”
There is so much rushing in the other seasons, so winter is especially centered on this cozy feeling. With all the sickness that goes around with cold and flu season I’m coming to embrace this concept as a necessity because 1. I have little ones and it seems like someone is ALWAYS fighting off something. 2. The moment we are well enough to go somewhere we inevitably get sick 2-3 days later, so we may as well have just stayed home and cozy in the first place!
Slowing down not only helps me take care of my kids and self by staying healthy, but it is teaching me to appreciate the ordinary moments, to see the beauty and joy in the simple.
Here are 7 Hygge Self Care Practices To Get Through Cold and Flu Season:
- Drinking tea, especially green tea or tea with added benefits like probiotics. I’ve been drinking 1-2 cups of tea a day which is helping me stay hydrated and feeling hygge. I have especially been loving Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Tea with probiotic to soothe any digestive issues. Tea definitely is a huge part of my routine and I love that Bigelow Tea has dubbed January “Hot Tea Month”! I’ll be drinking my fair share for sure!
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- Taking warm baths, is so relaxing and soothing, but also a great way to detox my mind and body! Sometimes at the end of a hectic day sinking into a hot bath helps me sweat away detox and helps relax aches associated with cold and flu season. I like to listen to calm music or watch my favorite tv show while in the tub.
- Diffusing essential oils is another great hygge practice that is so good for your health. I’m not selling any oils or anything like that, but I love to diffuse lavender and also a oil blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary that helps keep germs at bay.
- Journaling is so nourishing for your soul and the mind-body connection is huge. I use journaling to stay sane while cooped up with the kids and as a spiritual practice. When your spirit is worn down your body wears down too!
- Gentle exercise like Yoga or Barre are perfect for cold and flu season. Because you may be just getting or getting over some bug, going hard at a running or HIIT workout is just not going to happen OR it’s going to put added strain on your healing. So embrace yoga or a barre class or a gentle walk this season.
- Creating a cozy and nourishing meal to share with family and friends is a great hygge practice. Making a big pot of this Healthy Turkey Chili paired with a fresh salad is both cozy and supports healthy living. By fueling my body with real food choices I find I stay healthier than if I’m fueling up on junk food. Make mealtime more “hygge” by cooking slowly from scratch, adding some candles, soft music, cloth napkins to make the atmosphere special and unique.
- Rest, just rest. Winter is an amazing and beautiful season that lends itself to rest. To me, if I’m not resting enough-if I’m carting the kids from activity to activity or up on my feet rushing around all day- I get sick quickly and I heal slowly.
So rest is best, kick up your feet, snuggle up with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea and enjoy this hygge season. I picked up my Bigelow Tea selection at Walmart–you can’t miss it right with the other teas and hot beverages!
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What hygge principles would you like to incorporate more in your life?