It’s not just for winter! Hygge is a Danish word that describes the feeling of cosiness, contentment, and well-being that comes from enjoying the simple things in life. Often associated with warm blankets, hot chocolate and walks in the snow, as the days get longer and the clocks go forward, it's time to start thinking about other ways to bring more hygge into our lives. One way to create a sense of hygge is by incorporating crystals into your daily routine. Here are some ways to do just that.
Embrace the Wheel of the Year
The wheel of the year is a pagan concept that divides the year into eight holidays or sabbats, each marking a change in the season or agricultural cycle. Celebrating these holidays can help you feel more connected to nature and the rhythms of the earth. Incorporating crystals that are associated with each holiday can enhance this connection.
We’ve just passed the Spring Equinox so bear that in mind when choosing crystals:
- Bright, springtime greens like emerald, peridot and jade
- Tiger’s eye for energy for the longer days ahead
- Citrine for increased sunshine and warmth
- Carnelian to spark action
- Rhodochrosite (one of my faves) to nurture your inner critic.
Replace winter woolies with new textures
As the weather starts to warm up, it's time to start thinking about putting away those heavy wool sweaters and blankets. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort and cosiness. Look for fabrics and textures that invoke the same feelings as your winter woolies, such as soft cottons, linens, or silky materials.
As a crafter I never stop just because the weather has changed but change to smaller projects with lighter materials. This allows me to keep the calmness I gain from craft throughout the year.
Think of ways to bring the outdoors in
Nature is a powerful source of comfort and inspiration, and bringing natural elements into your home can help create a sense of hygge. Try decorating with plants, flowers, or branches, or using natural materials like wood, stone, or clay. Incorporate flowers, herbs and grasses into your crystal grid for that extra connection. Or why not try a small posy on your altar?
Take time out to slow down
One of the keys to hygge is taking time to relax and enjoy the moment. Set aside some time each day to do something that makes you feel calm and centered, whether that's reading a book, taking a bath, or practicing meditation.
There’s lots of ways crystals can help with slowing down and enhancing that quiet time:
- Use crystals in your meditation practice
- If you journal there are lots of ways that crystals can build your practice, check out my blog on crystals for journaling
- Take advantage of the increasing range of crystal infused bath products for a luxurious soak.
Keep the candles
Candles are a staple of hygge, providing warm, flickering light and a cosy ambiance. Try incorporating scented candles with fragrances that evoke a sense of calm and relaxation, like lavender or vanilla. Make sure you are using candles with high quality essential oils, once the wax has started to melt, blow out the candle and enjoy the aromatic benefits.
Bring crystals into your home
incorporating crystals into your home can help create a sense of peace and tranquility. Some that are particularly well-suited to hygge include Himalayan salt lamps, crystal trees, or textured pieces such as amethyst beds or selenite lamps.
Think about where you are placing the crystals and what you want to achieve with them when making your choices. You will want different energy in your home office compared to your bedroom!
Explore alternative drinks
While hot chocolate is a classic hygge drink, there are plenty of other cosy beverages to explore. Try experimenting with teas, coffees, or warm spiced cider. If, like me, you enjoy cold drinks in the hot weather why not try a refreshing glass of homemade iced tea. You can make it with your favorite tea blend, such as green tea or herbal tea, and add fresh fruit slices, such as lemon, lime, or orange, and a touch of honey for sweetness. You can also try adding some fresh mint leaves or ginger for an extra flavor kick.
Another option is a chilled glass of fruit-infused water. Simply fill a pitcher with cold water and add sliced fruits, such as strawberries, watermelon, or cucumber, and let it infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours. This drink is not only refreshing but also healthy and hydrating.
A smoothie can also be a hygge drink in hot weather. You can blend your favorite fruits, such as berries or tropical fruits, with yogurt or milk and ice for a creamy and refreshing treat. You can also add some honey or maple syrup for sweetness and some spinach or kale for extra nutrition.
Last of all is my personal favourite, crystal infused waters. There are different ways these can be made, I talk about these in my YouTube video, or the simplest way is to purchase a water bottle with a separate chamber for the crystals.
Meet with friends and go outside
Social connection and spending time in nature are both important for mental health and well-being. Try meeting up with friends for a picnic or a walk in the park, or even just sitting outside on your porch or balcony.
Critics of Hygge
Hygge has gained popularity in recent years as a lifestyle trend, but like any trend, it has its critics. To give you a balanced view here are some of the criticisms or negative aspects of hygge:
Some argue that the concept of hygge is exclusive to certain cultures or socioeconomic groups, making it difficult for others to participate. It may require access to time, money, and certain goods or spaces.
The pursuit of hygge can sometimes lead to unrealistic expectations and pressure to constantly curate a picture-perfect cosy environment which in itself can be stressful and counterproductive to achieving true contentment and relaxation.
There is a debate about whether the widespread adoption of hygge in popular culture amounts to cultural appropriation. Some argue that hygge is a cultural practice with deep roots in Danish culture, and should not be trivialized or exploited for commercial gain.
Whatever your views, the most important thing about hygge is creating an atmosphere of comfort and contentment. Whether you're cuddled up with a good book or enjoying a meal with friends, the goal is to feel relaxed and happy. So embrace your own version of hygge, and don't be afraid to add your own twist with lots of crystals.
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