Season of hygge: How to adopt the Danish way of relaxation and warmth

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I associate the Danish idea of hygge, which is sometimes interpreted as a cozy feeling, with fall. I feel like curling up with a nice book or binge-watching movies on the couch in the cooler weather. And the autumnal leaves call me to take a break, go outside, and enjoy the thrill of crunching underfoot.

But Tricia Hersey, author of the recently released book Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto , notes that it might be challenging to slow down in this fast-paced world of ours. This is due to the fact that our culture views value in terms of output. She contends that too frequently, we only give ourselves permission to relax when we are fully spent and need to refuel in order to work harder or earn more money later.


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NPR Hersey claims that rest is a “divine human right” that shouldn’t need justification or explanation. “Sleeping is productive.” It is neither unnecessary nor a luxury. It’s something that enables us to access our ideas and creativity while also healing our body.

She advises you to simply take the time to lie down in order to stand up for yourself.

Hersey founded the organization The Nap Ministry and is referred to by her followers as the “nap bishop” because of the liberating influence that leisure and relaxation have on people.

Learn more about her rest philosophy and get advice on how to make more time in your life for rest by listening to this episode. (It is highly recommended that you do this while kicking your feet up and closing your eyes.)

This fall, there are countless different ways to embrace your right to relaxation, leisure, and hygge, whether in the kitchen, the living room, or your preferred warm corner of the house. Here is a collection of Life Kit episodes to get you motivated.

BUILD UP YOUR FREE TIME Lie down and read a good book. Do you have a bookshelf beckoning you with unopened books? Start savoring the pleasure of an excellent page-turner right away. Listen to these podcasts about developing a reading routine or creating one with your children to experience the comfort and power of reading.

Give the internet a rest. Maybe you agree that you should take a nap, but your phone won’t stop buzzing and beeping, and you can’t stop scrolling to your death. This episode offers helpful advice on how to break your addiction to screens, from purposefully leaving your phone at home to delaying reading your messages.

FEEL COMFORTABLE AND AT EASE IN THE KITCHEN Reduce the time you spend cooking and cleaning. In this episode, food writer Melissa Clark demonstrates how to make simple family meals in one pan. This strategy, according to her, can help us spend less time cooking and cleaning, giving us more time for relaxing.

Enjoy the comfort of dinners from the past. Cooking with family members may fill the soul as well as the stomach when recreating a favorite family recipe. Learn how to respect your memories and family tales with food in this episode.

Cook a warm delight. Nothing completes a satisfying dinner like a warm dessert, am I right?

Grab a fork and a friend and enjoy every bite of your masterpiece after listening to this episode on how to make better, prettier pies this season, whether it be with elaborate designs or crispier, more colorful crusts.

MAKE YOUR HOUSE A SAFE HAVEN FOR PEACE Keep the mess out of the way so you can sleep. This lesson on developing a cleaning schedule is a fantastic place to start if you require a tidy home to keep your mind clear. It explains the benefits of dusting before mopping and cleaning thoroughly. Check out our guide to eco-friendly cleaning supplies for extra advice, and follow Deb Perelman of the culinary blog Smitten Kitchen’s advice on how to arrange your kitchenware. Already, I can feel a state of pristine calm taking hold.

practice “comfort decorating” Our mental state is greatly influenced by the environments we spend the most time in. According to environmental psychologist Sally Agustin, “comfort decorating” is the process of de-stressing your settings and creating a sanctuary in your house. In this episode of Life Kit, she discusses the advantages of having houseplants as well as how color can improve the atmosphere of a space (for instance, blues promote tranquility while greens inspire creativity).