Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is an interesting word. I came across it about 6 months ago and was intrigued.
Hygge is a Danish word that is both a noun and a verb with no direct translation. The closest words in English are probably coziness, well-being, comfort, and homeyness.
Pia Edberg, in her book, The Cozy Life says this brilliantly about hygge (emphasis mine):
Though hygge is usually a planned affair, it can be as simple a curling up and reading a good book on the sofa. It’s about surrounding ourselves with everything we love and treasuring the moment. In a big departure from modern culture, we intentionally enjoy the domestic and personal aspects of life, rather than rushing through them just to make it through the day’s tasks. We seek and embrace the warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
Being one who is all about trying to bring more peace, rest, and joy to our homeschool, hygge feels like it would fit right in.
As with everything else in my day, actually bringing hygge in amongst the chaos and noisy life of homeschooling 3 kids is a challenge.
So, as I try to not worry about perfection, I will attempt hygge the only way that works around here – short spurts with a lot of grace!
Here is a short list of very simple and quick ideas to bring a little more hygge into our days (with or without the kids). Hopefully some will help you out too.
Brew a cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate). Now, I may not get to enjoy my coffee hot for very long, but I try and take my time when I’m making it. I slowly stir, inhale the aroma deeply, and really notice the warmth of the cup in my hands (sounds like a Folger’s commercial 😉). It seems to be just enough time to ground me a bit. Of course, if I can drink it in peace- even the better!
Read aloud cuddled under a warm, fuzzy blanket (with the dog for bonus points!). Now, I know most of us are probably already reading aloud and using a blanket in the winter. However, hygge is really a state of mind so I try and really pay attention to the moment. I let the story, the heat from the blanket and the pup really soothe my mind and pay attention to the moment.
Poetry Teatime. One of my favorite Bravewriter practices is Poetry Teatime. Make your beverage of choice, serve a yummy treat (homemade or store-bough, no shame here), bring out the fancy table settings (or not), and pick some fun poetry or your read-aloud and sit around the table together. We pass the poetry books around and have everyone read a couple. They prefer the silly poems while I will round it out with some more thought-provoking ones. Sometimes we discuss the poems, sometimes we just enjoy and talk about things in our lives right now. It’s honestly, some of the best hygge of the week!
Play a game. Pick something cooperative that won’t cause a lot of fighting. I say this from experience. Playing a game and laughing together does wonders for the soul.
Change your perspective. Bad days happen, some seasons more often than not. A simple heart of gratitude will help bring some hygge to your day. Stop in the moment and pick a few blessings from the chaos. It could be as simple as no Legos to step on that day, or kids sleeping a bit longer. There is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes it just takes a bit more effort to find it.
Chocolate. No explanation necessary!
I have found that even just being aware of hygge helps me slow down a bit. Some days are just crazy. Period. A few moments of hygge can help bring your stress level down and your spirits up. I encourage you to find some hygge in your homeschool!
What ideas do you have for hygge in your homeschool or just your everyday?