Once your space is feeling hyggeligt, it’s time to embrace the hygge lifestyle! But that doesn’t mean you have to stay alone inside all winter. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Sure, hygge is all about being cozy, but it’s also about spending meaningful time with friends and family while adding warmth to the long, cold winter. Start banishing the winter blues with these activity ideas.
1. Cook some seasonal recipes
Trying new recipes adds a little excitement to dreary, dark evenings while warming up your home and adding some delicious smells. Who can resist the scent of garlic simmering in butter, after all? Start with some seasonal recipes—like those using winter vegetables—or hearty soups and stews local to the Pacific Northwest. Cooking in the winter is the perfect opportunity to wow your friends and family or create a comfortable evening at home with your significant other (or your cats).
2. Host your friends
Did you make too much food? Make time to reconnect with those people who really matter. Invite your friends over for a board game night or host a family brunch on the weekend. You don’t need to plan a complicated event; just make an effort to see your family and friends, no matter how busy you are.
3. Take time for self-care
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or a little blue, give yourself a special treat. Run a bubble bath, grab your favorite book, and relax in the tub with some scented candles. Need a little more self-care? Treat yourself to a home spa day by giving yourself a pedicure and donning a soothing face mask.
4. Start a book club
Are you one of those people who has a stack of unread bestsellers or an Amazon wish list full of books? It sounds like a book club could be the perfect way to hygge this winter. Organizing a book club encourages you to read and gives you a wonderful excuse to meet with friends every month. It also keeps you accountable for your reading (especially if you made a New Year’s resolution to read more). Having an incentive to finish books can keep you busier and happier.
5. Listen—really listen—to music
Whether it’s some classic vinyl, your favorite CD, or a carefully curated Spotify playlist, listening to music is a wonderful way to pass a winter afternoon. If it’s wet and cold outside, snuggling up with a hot beverage and your favorite tunes (while avoiding all other distractions!) is one of the most relaxing and comfy experiences imaginable.
6. Write letters to your friends and family
There’s nothing better than receiving a handwritten letter from a friend. Share the love (and keep the postal service afloat) by sending some snail mail to a few loved ones, whether they live in another city or you see them every day. People tend to hunker down during cold, short winter days, so go buy some pretty stationary and let people know you’re thinking about them.
7. Enjoy the outdoors
While some parts of the country are covered in snow for months on end, that’s not always the case in the Pacific Northwest. Instead, we get rain, rain, and more rain. Don’t be a fair-weather adventurer; get outside and enjoy the beautiful sights on Oregon and Washington in winter. Try a new winter sport, host a sledding party, or just go take a walk in the rain. And after you enjoy the fresh air, you can relax in your cozy, hyggeligt home!