How I Find Comfort In Winter
I actually love this time of year. The trees turning pretty shades of red and brown, wrapping up snuggly warm in the softest materials I own, the pretty pockets of warmth and light in my home from my candles and of course the delicious comfort food. I find that I am more present and grateful this time of year as I notice more and look for the little joys around me more than I would in the other seasons.
The best practise that I live by this time of year is Hygge. Pronounced "hoo-ga," Hygge, is a lovely Danish concept cannot be translated to one single English word but is a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life during the colder months of the year. If you've ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot chocolate on a snow day, you've experienced hygge without even knowing it!
Here is how I find comfort through Hygge:
Spending less time with technology and being more present in my surroundings
During the darker months, I like to spend my time doing more activities in the comfort of my home. Crafting, reading, pampering or just generally cuddled up enjoying the warmth and the cosiness of my home. I like to slow down, take pleasure in my surroundings and enjoy using my senses such as taking a moment to smell the fragrances in my home or taste the delicious food I have made or actively listen to some calming music. Don't get me wrong, I still watch my TV programmes, but less binging random series about serial killers and more feel good, comforting programmes and movies like Friends.
I love getting comfortable, warm and cosy in the colder times of the year. Although I don't have a burning log fire (which is the go to in the art of Hygge) in my Leeds apartment, I do have plenty of soft pillows, comfy and weighted blankets and even a 6ft beanbag which I like to sink into. I love to arrange my pillows so I can have the optimum seat (and footrest), pop a pair of fluffy socks on, cover myself, with a nice warm blanket, get a nice book and a mug of hot chocolate and just be.
Dim the lights, using candles to create an atmosphere
I LOVE candles. I always have a large supply of candles - large candles, small candles, tall candles, thin candles and tealights! I just sprinkle them around my home, creating little pockets of warmth and soft light. I love the way they look and make me feel - calm, relaxed and centred. I love the way they smell and I love the watching the flames dance creating shadows on my walls.
Indulge and enjoy the good things in life
This time of year is the time where I indulge the most. Baking, eating and enjoying amazing, simple and delicious wholesome food is one of my favourite sources of joy. Feeling full and warm inside is my comfort, it is my way of feeling good and it is certainly a great way to beat those winter blues! (Can you tell I'm a foodie?)
Now, this is not an ad but the best gift I ever received was the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser. Quite literally the perfect hot chocolate every time. I love the simple things in life so I'm not too fussed about the marshmallows and the cream, I just love drinking plain hot chocolate by the mug. A nice warm mug of hot chocolate in the evening (or in the afternoon, or even first thing in the morning!) is my bliss.
So my home is quite literally filled with numerous house plants - I even have a live plant subscription! I love spending my free time out and about, walking in nature, so when I can't do that on those windy and rainy days, I love the fact that I have my own nature indoors that I can enjoy. I feel like it brings character to my home and a lovely natural beauty. I have plants and flowers lined up across my windows to create my very own garden in my flat (very useful in lockdown!) and a few others dotted around the place - in the bedroom, floors, on my desk, book cases and one (called Boris) on top of my fridge!
As many of you know (and as I said above), I love walking in nature. But I especially love walking in nature when it's winter. The air is cool on my skin and as it blows through my hair, but I'm all wrapped up in my soft scarf, my warm winter coats and my snuggly socks. Nature looks so beautiful in the winter - the leaves are different shades of red and brown and the snow (when we do get it in the UK!) makes everything look so magical - especially when I walk through the dales or the moors and the hills are snow capped - such an amazing sight.
Spending quality time with my loved ones
A great source of comfort is spending quality time with loved ones. Being in an intimate environment where I am engrossed in conversation and catching up is a must for me. Quality time is my main love language, it is how I interpret and receive love from others but also how I give my love and attention in return.
Being grateful for what I have
In these darker and colder months, I appreciate more what I have. The roof over my head, the food I am able to put on my table, the warmth and light I have in my home, all the warm clothes on my back and the softness and comfort I have around my home. I am grateful for the amazing people I have in my life and I am so thankful for the life I have created for myself which brings me so much joy and happiness.
A lot of the comfort I find in Autumn and Winter is based around Hygge. A few years ago, I went to check out Hygge in action by going to Copenhagen in the Autumn. Everything was amazing. So simple, so beautiful, so comforting, so happy. I just love the concept and, as you can see, I have fully adopted the parts of Hygge which bring me joy within my own life because it makes me feel good.
I hope this helps,