Month: November 2017

Hygge

 This is a Danish concept pronounced “hue-guh” which I have interpreted as a feeling of cosiness, contentment, warmth, love, belonging and to enjoy being in that moment. This concept is something I have only recently found out about, and have quickly learned to love and use as inspiration to adapt and redecorate my home over time. Hygge has changed my feelings about winter and I actually look forward to the cold weather just as much as I look forward to summer because of this concept! However, it should be noted that hygge is not just limited to winter months.  Hygge is a feeling, not a tangible object. It encompasses all the senses. You can’t buy hygge or follow a set of instructions to make it, as everyone interprets it in a different way, so everyone’s approach will be different. You have to find your own way, but hopefully some of my ideas below will give you some inspiration and set you on the right path if you want to try it out.  The main changes I have personally made that make me feel hygge-ly include:  Draping blankets and throws over my sofa; Buying some soft cushions; Lighting softly scented candles, using lanterns and twinkly lights; Treating myself occasionally to fresh flowers and pot plants; Spending some time reading an uplifting book; Adopting a minimalist approach by tidying away clutter...

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Mindfulness in a Nutshell

You may have heard about mindfulness, or you may have given it a go yourself already. It seems to be a popular up-and-coming technique used more frequently recently to help people gain a bit of perspective if they are feeling stressed or anxious. In a nutshell it means taking a time out as part of your daily routine to relax the mind and body by just “being present in the moment”. It’s a kind of meditation and it means that you sit or lay somewhere you’re unlikely to be disturbed for a few minutes to concentrate on each part of your body, how you are feeling, listen to the quietness around you, focus on your breathing, and clear your mind. Mindfulness encourages you to allow thoughts to simply pass through your head rather than dwelling on anything, and encourages you to slow down your thinking and effectively reboot your mind, so that when you finish, you should be significantly more relaxed than when you started. To be honest, being a stressy and anxious person myself, I thought this sounded like a load of tosh that I didn’t have time for. However, after being encouraged by my friend to give it a go, I actually found it a very useful technique during times of moderate stress, and has in fact helped me to sleep better and gain a bit of...

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