Healthier Habits – December 2022: Hygge

Healthier Habits – December 2022: Hygge

Have you heard of Hygge? The word hygge comes from the Old Norse hyggja—to think and feel satisfied, or to make someone feel comfortable and cheerful.

Pronunciation: Hygge is pronounced ‘hue-geh.’

Hygge is about cosiness and surrounding yourself with the things that make life good, like friendship, laughter and security, as well as more tangible things like warmth, light, soft blankets, seasonal food and drink.

Simply put, hygge is the ability to slow down and to be present in the moment as you are experiencing it. 

Healthier Habit tip –

In the lead up to the festive season, we recommend bringing more hygge into your life with simple rituals – 

  • Make a cup of tea or coffee in your favourite mug every morning
  • Light a scented candle while reading a book about Hygee 
  • Turn off the tv and play some soft music
  • Open your windows to let in the breeze when you wake in the morning 
  • Go for a walk after work and simply take note of your surroundings
  • Spend time with friends and loved ones, playing a board game or enjoying a picnic together.

Hygge can be experienced at home, at your local coffee shop or library, with friends and family or alone, indoors or outdoors. 

December Special Events and Dates –

  • Discover awareness days and special events during December here.

Mental Wellbeing at MYLI –

The Healthier Habits blog is adapted from the Myli – My Community Library employee ‘Page Break’ program. Page Break is an initiative from our Manager Volunteers & Community Participation, Kathie Olden. Kathie sends out regular updates to staff inviting them to participate in simple activities and conversation starters that focus on making small changes to their mental health and wellbeing.

Extra Support – 

The opinions and recommendations in this blog do not replace advice from your doctor or mental health practitioner. If you feel like you need further support, you can access many free mental health helplines, support websites, online counselling, web forums, interactive toolkits, one-on-one counselling and group therapy sessions. Please visit the Better Health website for a  comprehensive list of services.

This blog about Hygee was inspired by a program hosted by Saline County Library ‘Bring a Little More Hygee into your Life’.  



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