Spring and Summer Hygge
We’re often asked – how do you hygge in the spring and summer? Just because it’s not cold and dark outside doesn’t mean hygge has to be put on pause. It is just as important to slow down and feel comfortable and safe during the warmer seasons.
We’ve put together a list of hygge activities and habits that you can carry over from winter into spring inspired by our “Brighter Days Ahead” Deluxe Hygge Box.
Light a candle. All seasons need candlelight. Our taste in scents might change depending on the time of year. During the winter most of us prefer scents that remind us of Christmas like pine, cinnamon and firewood. In the spring and summer time, we lean more towards clean, floral and natural scents. The second “spring” candle I lit this year was this handcrafted beeswax candle. It has sweet and floral notes and is very calming. I imagined I was sitting in a lavender field surrounded by sunshine.
Slow morning. A cup of your favorite beverage is comforting any time of the year. I like to start my mornings with coffee. Nothing beats the smell of freshly brewed quality coffee. It is such a pleasant scent to fill the morning air – and that first morning sip is oh so sweet. I enjoy mine on the porch, surrounded by trees and singing birds.
Plant Something. Take the time to plant a small garden, a flower bed, or maybe an indoor potted plant. Get the family together, name your new plants, and watch them grow. Stepping outside on those early spring mornings to water and tend to your plants gives you a moment to breathe. I just started a new basil plant with this little eggling. It was a little scary to crack but after the first “break,” I got the hang of it. I made the opening as big as possible without cracking the entire egg so that more sunlight can get in.
Freshen up your home décor. Just as we put away our winter clothes and bring out our spring/summer clothes, we can do the same with our home décor. I replace the thick blankets with lighter ones, change out the flannel sheets for linen bedding and put away any “winter” décor. This month I switched out my “catch-all” tray with this bee tray. It is simple with clean lines and pops of color reminding me that “spring is here” (even when the weather outside my window says otherwise).
Reconnect with your inner child. Sometimes all we do is adult and forget to have fun. This bunny gnome not only put a smile on my face but encouraged me to reconnect with my inner child. Also, I love gnomes. I can’t even tell you how many I put out during Christmas. So, when I say I was excited to receive this bunny gnome, that’s probably an understatement. It’s just so stinkin' cute.
Take a walk. This one is pretty obvious, but never underestimate the simplicity of a walk. I also bring snacks with me because I never have a planned route and I just wander. Almond crescents and chocolate kept me energized and moving this month.
Here are even more ways to incorporate hygge into your life this spring and summer. Remember, hygge activities are simple and about bringing joy to everyday routines.
Open Your Windows. Spring is here! Let the fresh air in. Sit by a window with your coffee or tea, cover up with a light blanket and read a book, journal, draw or just admire the scenery outside.
Have a Picnic. A picnic can happen anywhere – the park, a backyard or even in your living room. Lay a blanket, put out some snacks and drinks and just chill. If you’re not sure about the menu, order take out or make PB&J sandwiches.
Bake Something. We always need baked treats! There is magic in the process, and a huge reward at the end. The best part of baking (aside from the finished product) is the smell will waft through your home, making it instantly warm and cozy.
Send a letter. Snail mail is rare these days. Written communication takes a little more thought and time, just enough to slow down your busy day.
Have afternoon tea. Enjoy it alone or with friends. If you’re not able to invite people to your home, how about hosting a virtual high tea get together?
Read a book. A real book, not an e-book. There’s something about holding a physical book in your hands that makes it feel like everything is moving more slowly.
Visit a Farmers’ Market. A simple joy on a beautiful day is a trip to the farmer’s market. Hop on your bike or take a walk to the nearest farmers’ market. Pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, then go home and cook yourself a meal.
Beach Day. Take a drive to your nearby beach for a get together on the sand. Pack light and sensibly. Don't over do it if you're planning activities, keep it simple. Most importantly, don't forget an umbrella, sunscreen, towel, water and snacks.
Go on a hike. Spending time outdoors is a great way to hygge and hiking is an activity that will benefit you in multiple ways. Hiking is good for your health, improves sleep quality, helps you think more clearly, allows you to take time for yourself and helps you be present. Don't forget to pack water and snacks.
Buy fresh flowers for the house. Because who doesn’t love fresh flowers?
Cook that recipe that you’ve been meaning to try.
Take a yoga class.
Pick wildflowers and put them in a vase.
Visit a garden and take pictures of plants and flowers that make you happy.
Go on a boat tour.
Hug your pet.
Snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie.
Take a bubble bath.
Take a (virtual) class and learn something new – painting, pottery, knitting, anything that seems fun.
Put a puzzle together.
Listen to your favorite tunes.
Go berry picking.
Watch the sunrise.
Watch the sunset.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to hygge. Remember, hygge is about slowing down and finding joy in the everyday. You can incorporate hygge into all areas of your life and it will bring you much joy. What other activities would you add to this list?