• Emily Seymour

Hygge: How to Survive Michigan Winters

Although Michigan is beautiful in the fall, the season after that is not so wonderful to a lot of people who have to live in the cold. The days are shorter, you don't want to go outside, there are bad drivers everywhere, and did I mention that it's cold? How can you get out of that funk you're feeling in the winter? Hygge.

What is hygge? Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of contentment and wellness. Hygge creates well-being, connection, and warmth, and is a feeling of belonging to the moment. You've probably have practiced hygge without even realizing it!

Here are some ways you can practice hygge:

Get comfortable by wearing loungewear - Sweatpants, fuzzy socks, soft sweatshirts, etc.

Light some of your favorite candles, and if you have a fireplace, turn that on as well!

Get under some warm and chunky blankets - an electric blanket is a MUST if you love being warm.

Make yourself a warm beverage - hot cocoa, tea, coffee, you name it. The warm beverage will get you warm in no time.

Live in the present - Get off your phone, avoid watching television, and going on your laptop. What are some things you can do without your devices? Read a book or magazine, journal, draw, knit, hang out with friends and family, or try out a new recipe that you've been wanting to make.

Hearty comfy food - Pasta and soup are warm, delicious, and can get you into a comfortable mood. Making homemade food for yourself, or for you and your loved ones is always a good idea. Or if you're feeling lazy, you can take out soup from Uncle Cheetah's Soup Shop, or take out pasta from Brick Road Pizza Co.

What are some other ways you can practice hygge? Comment below, or let us know on our Facebook or Instagram post!

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