Being in nature and enjoying all it has to offer is very hygge. Sunbeams on your face, beautiful flowers in the garden, snow storms raging outside…
Being out in nature offers many benefits to both your physical and mental health. It reduces stress, improves your memory, encourages physical activity and relieves depression. The hygge-factor of nature also lies in the shelter we seek from the elements of nature. When you’re all cold and wet from a bike ride home through the rain and you change into warm, fluffy house wear and have yourself a hot cocoa. Or when you’ve been out skiing all day and you’re chilled to the bone and you warm yourself by the fireplace while hearing the wind blowing around the house. At those moments when we feel warm and safe, protected from the outside world; that’s hygge at its best.
Being in nature brings a certain simplicity to your life. When you head out in nature, there’s no need to engage with all your electronic gizmos, your to do lists and keeping up socially. You only have few things to concern yourself with. It’s a simple, rustic and slow way of life which is wholesome for the soul. And very hygge.
Take your exercise outdoors. There are many sports you can practice outside throughout the year. If you’re into active sports, go walking, running, biking, surfing or street dancing. But you can also take less intensive activities outside: meditation or thai chi. A great way to organise follow-through, is joining a group.
No matter the season, just go outside whenever you can. Take a walk in de woods or your local park, go out for a picnic, take a lunch stroll, collect leaves in Autumn, meditate in your garden, go for a bike ride, eat outside, have a BBQ with friends. Take in the fresh air, clear your head and continue your day with new energy.
No better place to stimulate the senses than outside in nature. Listen to the sound of the rain, watch the magnificent colors of sunset, smell the earthy air of Autumn, feel warm sand or dewed grass on your bare feet, taste the sweetness of strawberries or the saltiness of sea water. You just have to notice.
Grow your own food. Taking care of your own produce and picking ripe treasures is a short track to achieve mindfulness. Herbs are a great way to start, even if you don’t have green fingers. They’re easy to grow in your garden or at the kitchen sink, smell delicious and you can use them in your cooking.
Don’t forget to appreciate the beauty of nature that’s right On Your Doorstep. Even if you’ve seen it a thousand times before; try to look with different eyes. Notice the changing colors, the flowers blooming, a field in the foggy morning or just a hedgehog in your backyard. You can find beauty everywhere.