The Danish way

How was your weekend? I hope you were able to do all the things you had set out to do while also taking time to relax and recharge for the week! My weekend was spent at home, napping, and lying low as this mono thing has really thrown me for a loop. However, my sisters came this weekend and we all collaborated on an early birthday dinner for my mom. It was delicious food, good company, and then we sat around and watched a movie until we all fell asleep. This weekend I was forced to not do much, and I hated feeling unproductive and confined. I desperately wanted to go on a walk outside after it snowed, workout, run errands, and cook more. I’m a terrible sick person. I complain a lot. I become very dramatic. And I can’t just sit still. I can’t wait to be healthy again. Preferably back to 100 percent by tomorrow! (Wishful thinking, I know.)

cozy firesource

As the snow fell outside on Saturday evening and I was surrounded by my favorite people, I thought about an article I had just read about Denmark’s way of life during their cold winter months called “hygge.” There is no exact translation to English, but the people of Denmark fully embrace their sub-arctic temperatures and very short days by living the hygge way. Hygge is more a frame of mind or a mood than it is something tangible. We can most closely relate it to being around family for the holidays, feelings of “coziness,” and awareness of gratitude. However, as Americans we may typically only experience this hygge for a short while at Christmas or Thanksgiving and then we are back to our hectic lifestyles cursing the winter weather we have to endure for another 3 to 4 months. The Danes, on the other hand, keep up these feelings of contentment year round.

So how do we create more feelings of hygge? We carve out time for our family and friends and make it a priority, we turn our phones off so we aren’t on call 24/7, and try our best to see these winter months as a way to reconnect with others. Mono has forced me to slow down, stay inside, and rest but it was also nice to not have my to-do list get in the way of visiting with my family. I will definitely keep this way of living in mind, especially when I’m healthy enough to be a functioning human again.

Hope you have a great week!

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