can coziness cure the winter blues?
As someone who has been managing anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember, I am always looking for helpful tidbits to improve my mental health. With short days and frigid temperatures, winter is the hardest time for me to keep my moral up. Seasonal depression is a really thing, y'all! I decided it wasn't going to get the best of me this year. A few weeks ago I came across something that switched my outlook on winter a bit and thought I'd pass it along: the Scandinavian word 'hygge'.
Pronounced hoo-ga, hygge doesn't have a direct translation in English, but cozy comes close. Although Scandinavians have some of the worst winters out there, they continue to be the happiest people in the world. Hygge is the idea that winter is the the time to indulge on what makes you feel comfy and content at home. Light a candle, wear all things knit, snuggle under a blanket, drink toasty drinks. If this word isn't me to a T, I have no clue what is. The weather has looked bleak here in Michigan. It hit 17 degrees the other day and I actually thought, "wow, it's so warm out". Ugh . But if it wasn't so damn cold would I still be able to cuddle under a heated blanket while wearing a turtleneck sweater and shearling lined slippers? NOPE. Winter is the ultimate cozy season and I am totally into it (or at least trying to be).
Check out my 4 essentials to your most hygge-like winter and some more style picks below!