The perfect antidote of the madness of the Christmas build-up, with all it’s expense, people-pleasing, socialising and mindless eating and drinking, I have decided for me, its going to be “all about the hygge”.
I know from my motivational training that it takes 21 days to change a habit, we’re also likely to fall off the wagon three times in the month, which is healthy, so I’m giving myself 24 days, which takes me right up to Christmas Eve.
Every day for the next 24 days, I’m going to put a bit of hygge into my day. Just one little thing each day is going to be “all about me” and making myself feel cosy, nourished and mindfully fabulous!
So much about Christmas is about buying presents we can’t afford, being pressured into doing things we may not want to do, and generally wearing ourselves out in the quest for being and doing what is expected.
I’ve decided that the best gift I could give my loved ones is to be in the best state that I can, and having being struck down with a nasty virus for the last three weeks, with a mountain of work ahead of me before I can finish on Christmas Eve, I’m going to need to take myself in hand if I’m going to achieve that.
Being no great fan of winter, and not being exactly built well for the cold, this is going to be a challenge for me. Usually I moan my way through winter and arrive in the north to see my family exhausted and miserable by the time it’s Christmas.
But if the Danes can manage to be the happiest nation in the world, with their cold and dark winters, then this is worth a shot.
I think the key lies in taking time for ourselves, and for the simple (free) pleasures in life, and enjoying them without guilt. I’m reading a book called “A Year of Living Danishly”, which my friend Janice gave me, and it is inspiring me. I’m loving all that is hygge this winter, but we can sometimes stop at lighting a candle and snuggling up under a blanket and think “that’s it.
There must me more to it than that, so I’m going to get creative with it and see what I can come up with, and maybe in the process I can develop a new healthy habit of “self-nurture”, and maybe even inspire others to do the same.
So here goes, 24 days of Hygge in December.