Ways to Practice Hygge During Summer
We’re often asked – how do you hygge in the 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 adopt for summer hygge inspired by our “Rise and Shine” 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. My favorite candles to light this season are naturally scented (almost unscented) art candles which are handcrafted using soy wax and beeswax. It has a very subtle sweet scent and I never know how it will look like when it burns. It is very calming to sit in silence with a cup of tea and watch it melt.
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 in the garden, surrounded by tall trees and singing birds.
Make a meal at home. It can be therapeutic to spend some relaxed time in the kitchen and make yourself a special breakfast. I love to have breakfast in the morning, afternoon and evening. It's one of those meals that works just any time of day. And who can say no to light and fluffy, delicious pancakes? I love this all-natural BUTTERMILK (yum!) mix for quick and easy pancakes and waffles! And if you're feeling indulgent, add some sticky toffee sauce.
Freshen up your home décor. Just as we put away our winter clothes and bring out our 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 "winter" napkins with this set of honey bee napkins. The design is clean and minimalist. And because they are made from recycled cotton, I feel good about owning them and using them during my meals.
Clean. This one may sound a bit odd but cleaning and making space (both physically and mentally) is good for us. I always knew that sponges are nasty because they are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria but I didn't know how nasty until I watched a segment on the news. Did you know that part of your kitchen sponge could have as much bacteria as the inside of a toilet. Gross. So I've made a conscious decision to use eco-friendly (non-bacteria harboring) cleaning supplies and absolutely love Swedish towels. They're super absorbent, can be washed and reused multiple times and are 100% natural and compostable. And this one in particular reminds me to appreciate the little things in life.
Here are even more ways to incorporate hygge into your life this summer. Remember, hygge activities are simple and about bringing joy to everyday routines.
Pull back the curtains. Let the sunshine 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?