The Summer side of the hygge: 10 activities to do this summer to recharge

No Idea Whatsoever About What Hygge Is?

Don’t worry. I got your back. 😉

If you’re already a Hygge fan, just skip this part and start enjoying today’s blog post.

Still with me?

Ok.. awesome. Time to have fun.

What’s Hygge?

It’s a feeling you can’t buy of safety, warmth, peace, calm, contentment, and everything in between.

Based on cosiness, togetherness, and uniqueness, it’s a whole guide to craft a cosiness-based way of life for you AND your family.

To me, Hygge is like a roadmap to enjoy simple pleasure, slow down, unplug, and eventually becoming unapologetically yourself.

How can I learn more about it?

1/ Read the reviews I made at  How The Hygge Book helps me to love my own quirks

2/ Request a special invitation for #TheHyggeLounge at https://www.thehyggeplanner.com/newsletter

3/ Buy Meik Weiking’s book by clicking here (Where you’re buying from this link Amazon will give a percentage to WWF on your behalf. I’m not owning a penny nor a compensation by any means) 

How do you pronounce it?

Truth is, no one cares how you pronounce it as long as you can experience it day in and day out.

That said, it’s commonly admitted to be [HOO-GA] .

Keep it simple and don’t over complicate the process.

If you don’t get it the first time, no big deal.

Is there a Hygge lifestyle?

YES!! and I mean absolutely without the shadow of a doubt.

Hygge is more than just a list of things to do or have. It’s NOT a decor (see below for more infos).

If you’re quiet/ introvert, chances are you’re already living a Hygge lifestyle without even knowing it. Now, you can model what you’re already good at to enjoy that cosy, comfy, and homey feelings 24/7.

If you’re totally new and you’d love to implement that simple, decluttered, down to earth, eco friendly, and comfy way of living for your family, that’s totally doable.

Truth it, it’s WHY I created this entire site: to provide you the tools, the resources, and the inspiration to turn your life into a cosiness-based living without adding stress. (To get a weekly dose of cosiness-based pep talk, join #TheHyggeLounge HERE )

Where does it come from?

Hygge comes from Denmark (but the word itself comes for Norway). At some point in history, Norway and Denmark were one kingdom only.

For the records:

  the first mention of Hygge is circa 1840 (which means Hygge is everything but a fad trends)

– Denmark is ranking on the top 3 of the happiest countries in the world every singe year!

– the tax level in Denmark is one of the highest in the world. Yet, the citizens ARE full of happiness.

—> Who doesn’t want to model what the happiest people in the world are doing to be happy, content, and joyful day in and day out?  I know I do (so does my Great Grand Mother in her journals)

Is Hygge only a decor for Fall & Winter?

This is a common myth I HAVE to bust once and for all. Danish people don’t stop living 6 months of the year. They enjoy and practice Hygge ALL YEAR LONG.

They just adapt what they do and how they do it. It’s definitely easier to have a snow day in winter and it’s definitely easier to have a BBQ outside in the middle of Summer.

Hygge is not stuck in Fall & Winter nor is a home decor.

If you want a decor, ask a professional to set up a stage… You won’t feel better in a snap because you have a fireplace and tonnes of fairy lights.

If it was that simple, everyone would be happy and medication wouldn’t be needed to avoid anxiety.

(If you’re under medication, NEVER EVER stop without a professional help. Asking for help should be your #1 priority. There’s no shame nor guilt to seek for a better health, or a better mental clarity)

You don’t have to spend $$$ to revamp your living room so it looks like a country living magazine cover… and you can show off on Instagram. Hygge is NOT a popularity contest. There’s no mandatory list of items to buy.

You can live Hygge in a moroccan house, a contemporary penthouse, a cottage close to the sea, a tiny house, a small apartment that looks like a boudoir, or a fancy super modern house. Hygge is what you made out of it.

Eh… you’re done with the introduction.

If you want to dive deeper:

– request your invitation for #TheHyggeLounge HERE

– check our workbook to craft a cosiness-based way of life for your family in 7 days HERE

– download our 108 Done for You ideas to practice Hygge as a family (when you have no time for brainstorm) HERE

Welcome back to another Coffee Break!

I LOVE Summer… I need light and long days outside, spending the time to read more and taking incredible pictures using the sun. I’m going to share a little secret with you: I am born in August and, as time passes by, I’m more and more appealed to the season’s cycle.

Summer has so many things to offer: fruits and veggies everywhere… more time outside, a joyful mood just thanks to the sun and our brain who loves light.

Ok, you get it. I’m summer addict. BUT how are we supposed to live Hygge every season when Hygge seems to be linked to Autumn and Winter? You know: chunky knittings, blankets, hot chocolate, sewing, embroidery, huge chimneys and crockpot with homemade soups.

Let’s see what the amazing Jo Kneale has in her bag…

If you’re brand new to Hygge (the Danish lifestyle that focuses on cosiness, hominess, comfort and contentment to define your own happiness), you’re about to love Jo’s book. She’s sharing with you tonnes of good ideas to spend time with your loved ones this summer AND developing your own sense of “Hygge”.

Tapping into the core values of Hygge (simple pleasure, simple things, going outside, spending time in nature), she is giving away tidbits of wisdom to shift our mindset about happiness.

I’ve read her book from front cover to back cover in one shot. Her writing style is funny, entertaining and exactly what you need to fall into the rabbit hole of “what to do this summer”. No matter if you’re single or if you have a family with kids, you’ll find (at least) 10 or 20 ideas to have fun with.

In fact, I bet that you’ll give this book ready for the next summer because you won’t have enough time to go through all her ideas/suggestions. By the way, I’m totally in love with her cover: the garden gnome is sooo cute.

How To Hygge In Summer

You want more? Awesome… Keep reading…

Before I share with you more ideas about Summer activities, keep in mind that Hygge comes from Denmark & Danes are craving about light in any kind of form. 

That’s why I’ve gathered suggestions that are focused on this idea. Bonus effect: as human, we all need light to function properly. Our brain is working faster, smarter, quicker. Our mood is better, naturally happier.. Say goodbye to mood swings (yeahhhh!!) 

As usual, if you don’t have time to grab a pen and a paper to write down all the ideas I’m about to share, just click HERE  (you’ll be able to download a list of 49 hyggelig activities to enjoy this Summer)

 

1/Open window early to smell the garden, to hear the birds, to look at flowers…

Sometimes it’s THAT simple: taking 5 minutes to slow down and look at the beauty of what’s around us. Even if you live in a city (like I do), there’s a place where you can get closer to the Nature. I’m flabbergasted each time I see bees around a bush of flowers. 

What I love about Summer is sleeping with the windows opened, which means I’m waking up by the crows around my apartment. That’s the happiest way of waking up for me.

 

2/Wake up with the sun to drink your favourite coffee (the golden hour)

Ok… I’m going to be very very serious (yeah, I can be that serious. Really)

I am totally unable to say hello to someone if I don’t have caffeine running through my veins… I’m not grumpy or anything, I’m just out of my high heels.

You can use the same kind of moments to start your day with a smile on your face. It’s like warming up your mind, your creativity, your focus, your happiness.

By the way, are you more a coffee or a tea drinker? (because it’s working very well with tea)

 

 3/ Look at the stars/ Learn astronomy

I’m awful at stars understanding… finding the constellations or where they are, what they mean.. I’d love to know more about (especially because Summer is the perfect season to start learning this skill).

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on expensive tools, but take a look at your local facilities. You may have summer free activities around stars in your town, or your neighbour may be a Master at “reading” stars. Bring him a lemon glaze cake to thank him and ask him for help.

 

4/ A fire on the beach with friends or a fire near a lake

This is so relaxing. You’re hearing the sounds of the water, you’re surrounded by people you love and you’re spending an evening without electronic devices. You’re having time to reconnect with what matters: your self, your friends, your family.

Bring a ball, some tennis equipment, play with the wind… take pictures…  The sky is the limit.

How To Hygge In Summer

4/ Picnic near you in a park…

I wished I’d be able to do more regularly because I LOVE picnic. It’s cheaper than restaurants, it’s funnier, it’s custom… and it creates so many memories.

The menu doesn’t have to be fancy or very complicated but it has to be mouth watering. For me, it’s a gluten free club sandwich with home made chicken “mousse” (or some home made sushis with tuna).

If you add some fresh rooibos (no theine and no caffeine inside… so even kids can drink it) with lime slices and ice cubes.

For the dessert, home made a fruit salad with yummy, juicy fruits.

 

5/ Reading under the trees

Grab books from Jo (scroll up to know more about her book) or visit your local library to borrow books that feed your soul, mind, heart,… with positive things only.

There are so many horrible things out there and if you are anything like me, you’re attracting (and retaining) all the bad things around (without even realising clearly).

Take some time to be “healthily” selfish, to set boundaries that protect you and your sanity. You can’t stand up for your loved ones if you’re totally broke and tired.

 

6/ Taking pictures

Grab your phone or your trusted camera and walk in a park… Spend time in your garden and try to look at the world through the lens of the camera, you’ll discover tiny elements, cute scenes… that seem to be out of the time.

Save them on your camera and improve your skills while having fun.

 

7/ Drawing/ Painting

This one may take time. The learning curve is soooo long and if you’re not a natural artist (like me), let’s say it could be very disappointing.

But as soon as you accept that it’s not made to be a part of an exhibition, you’re on a good way to have fun

 

8/ Just Chilling

Uhmm… Do we need to really explain this one??

How To Hygge In Summer

It’s time to wrap up!

Summer is a perfect time to change our mindset, to reset our habits, to let go what is no longer useful, to develop a closer relation with friends or family, to step back and spend more time alone.

You don’t have to fit the mould of what the society wants. You don’t have to accept the peer pressure around you to feel awesome, worthy or valuable. You are totally perfect the way YOU decide to BE. 

In this blog post, I’ve shared with you an excellent book you should definitely read and 8 ideas to turn the book into a reality. But it takes time to relax and if you’re not having holidays soon, you should join our FREE live workshop on Thursday, 27th 7 PM (Paris Time). 

I’ll share with you my tips to save up to 2 hours per day without quitting your 9 to 5 job (or your small business). Visit www.thehyggeplanner.com/hygge-101 to register (I can’t wait to meet you live Thursday).

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