Updated: Mar 4, 2021
Time spent outdoors is key to our happiness as a family, whether we’re walking the pooches in the forest, making a wild brew on a mountainside, or we’re in the garden cooking on the firepit.. it’s part of our daily routine.
Recent studies have shown walking, and time spent in nature, significantly lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones.. so much so that Ecotherapy is now a popular treatment of stress and anxiety.
Hygge and the Outdoors
Although Hygge is normally paired with cosy time spent indoors, hunkered around a log fire, and surrounded by candles and blankets (my favourite kind of evening), to me the key to a hyggelig lifestyle lies in mindfulness, inner peace and in appreciation of the moment ~ all of which I experience whilst spending time outdoors.
“There’s nothing more Hygge to me than pausing on a cold winter’s walk in the forest, to pour a hot cup of coffee.. dwelling in the warmth of my favourite mug against my hands.. before heading home to hunker down by the fire.“
Appreciation of, and presence, within the moment are key to a Hygge lifestyle ~ it‘s snuggling around a fire pit with a hot choccy in hand, feeling cosy and content.. it’s catching the sun dance between the trees on a morning walk, or pausing to enjoy the silence of the forest whilst making a WyLD brew.
However a certain amount of mindfulness is required to bring us to these moments ~ It’s about switching the tv off, and getting out under the stars.. it’s creating time to go for that morning walk.. it’s the act of stopping to make a cup of coffee in the wyld to warm against the cold.. or baking biscuits to wrap in a bandana and take on your adventures (Famous-Five’style).
In the words of Jack Kerouac ~
’Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain’.
When you stop existing and start creating time to embrace nature and mindful actions, Hygge will find you.