How to Hygge This Winter

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There’s a full moon outside, the stars are bright, and you’re ready to snuggle up and hibernate until spring comes knocking. But what do you do during that time? There are only so many board games you can play and sitcoms you can watch. And, as you flick through the calendar, you realise there are still weeks of winter left. 

Instead of suffering through the cold season, take a tip from one of the coldest countries - Denmark. And learn their way of cosy living, known as hygge. Wrap yourself in chunky knit blankets, slow down and appreciate the season with these hygge tips for winter.

What is Hygge?

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Hygge is a tricky word to explain, a bit like home. A home isn’t just a place you rest your head but a medley of homely comforts, feelings and rituals. 

Simply put, hygge is the Danish word for cosy and hug rolled into one, and you pronounce it ‘hyoo-guh.’ But hygge isn’t just about being comfy. It’s an all-encompassing word for feeling content and peaceful in your environment, activities and company. For example, hygge is sitting next to a crackling fire as rain drums against the window. 

But hygge isn’t confined to winter. You can also hygge in summer and spring. Picture strawberries on a picnic blanket beneath a blue sky or drinking wine with friends on a warm summer evening. However, Danish hygge is not just a moment in time -  it’s a lifestyle.

What is the Hygge Lifestyle?

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Living hygge is about slowing down and appreciating small joys in life. It’s also surrounding yourself with activities, items and experiences that evoke that content, comforting feeling. Hygge examples include hygge decorating, like soft rugs and candles. Or you can try hygge decor, such as furniture made from natural materials, e.g., wood, wicker and stone. 

You may have a fashion hygge style. Perhaps it’s roll-neck jumpers and buttery soft leggings. But it’s not just about lighting candles and wearing cable-knit socks. Hygge is also feeling grateful for that morning cup of coffee. And a sense of ‘togetherness’ or connection with others, even if they aren’t present.

How to Create a Cosy Winter Hygge Lifestyle

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If you’re excited to transform your winter from ‘100% chance of showers’ to cosy with pattering rain, keep reading. Below, we’ve curated our top hygge ideas for winter.

Get a Morning Hygge Wake Up With Natural Remedies

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Mornings are one of the worst times in winter. It’s still pitch black, the cold air hits you, and you struggle to shake off that constant tiredness. But not everyone likes the jittery feeling of coffee first thing. That’s why one of our top winter hygge ideas is to use uplifting herbs to cosily kickstart your day.

Read more: 5 Uplifting Ways to Stop Feeling Tired in Winter.

The best natural ingredients for morning energy

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The Arella Rise Morning Energy Supplement contains an infusion of herbs to supercharge your brain and prepare you for cold winter mornings. Here are the top ingredients to give you a caffeine release without the caffeine:

  • Watermelon juice - When you consume watermelon juice, you give your body a dose of vitamins C, B6, and retinol, which increase blood flow and perk you up. It also firms and hydrates to revitalise your skin first thing in the morning.

  • Siberian ginseng - The ancient herb, ginseng, is known for increasing focus and productivity, perfect when you’re feeling sluggish in the morning.

  • Elderberry and pomegranate - The two fruits, elderberry and pomegranate, widen blood vessels, increasing oxygen flow and giving you more energy.

Read more: The Truth About Ginseng For Your Skin.

Snuggle up With a Hygge Bedtime Ritual

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There’s nothing better than a calming evening routine, and a hygge cosy bedtime ritual does just that. Light some candles, play peaceful music and curl up with a good book. 

Accompany a soul-warming bedtime drink with the Arella Dream Calming Sleep Supplement. Enriched with the sedative properties of chamomile, rosehip, lavender, ashwagandha, passionflower, and magnesium, you’ll drift into a soothing, hygge-filled sleep.

Boost Your Energy With Warming Hygge Winter Activities

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An easy way to hygge at home is intertwining your day with hygge winter activities. Fill the house with the scent of freshly baked cookies or experiment with candle making. You can even read cosy thriller books that give you excitement and joy. If you’re somewhere cold enough, have a hygge snow day sledging and building snowmen. 

You might not always have the energy to do winter hobbies, so recharge your batteries with Arella’s Energy Boost Supplement. Join that snowball fight with anti-inflammatory and blood flow-boosting ingredients such as lemon balm, turmeric and baobab fruit.

Create a Beautifying Winter Hygge Lifestyle

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Harsh winds and damp weather often cause dry skin, brittle hair and flaky nails over winter. So, keeping up a loving, self-care beauty routine that nurtures your body and promotes a feeling of calm is essential. Spritz essential oils around the house and nourish from the inside out with vitamins and herbs.

Read more: 5 Powerful Ways Liquid Collagen Revitalises Your Skin.

Best ingredients for a beautifying winter hygge lifestyle

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We recommend looking for specific ingredients that nourish your body over winter. The Arella Vegan Collagen Liquid Supplement is formulated with revitalising ingredients to boost your hair health and skin. It also cares for your heart and gut and supports your immune system. There are many benefits of a collagen supplement, and below are a few of the ingredients you can find inside ours:

Panax ginseng - The herb Panex ginseng increases collagen synthesis and minimises inflammation. The result is less acne, reduced wrinkles and a smooth, glowing complexion.

Retinol (Vitamin A) - The vitamin retinol is particularly beneficial for plumping fine lines and wrinkles for a full, youthful appearance. 

Read more: 5 Reasons Why You Need Retinol in Liquid Collagen.

Vitamin C - The benefits of vitamin C are plentiful as it’s essential for building and maintaining healthy skin, hair, muscles, and tendons. It’s also rich in antioxidants for a radiant shine.

Hygge at Home This Winter With Arella Beauty

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Slow down this winter and enjoy the quiet peace that hibernation brings. Revitalise your energy in the morning using herbal remedies, and snuggle down in the evenings with a good book. Infuse snowy days and dark nights with our vegan supplements and hygge this winter with Arella Beauty.

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Written by Emma Carey for Arella Beauty.

Emma is a holistic beauty and wellness writer. She has three years of experience in the well-being industry and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Wellness. Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.