Social-Isolation: Using Hygge To Care For Yourself

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Social-Isolation: Using Hygge To Care For Yourself

By: Steve Wilding

Published On: April 1, 2020

In the past couple of weeks, Canada and the world have gone through a constantly shifting experience. I kept my eye on the news as new information seemed to come at us hour-by-hour, from general sanitary recommendations all the way up to social-distancing and self-isolation. To date, this has brought new eye-opening experiences as well as many new stressors.

One experience that may be impactful is the stress of being in self-isolation. During this time, we may be struggling with changes to our routine, the feeling of disconnection with others, extended proximity to others, or even struggling with the uncertainty of how long we may be in this experience. Prior to the shut-down of non-essential services and self-isolation recommendations, I was in the middle of a family road trip.  Upon returning to self-isolation, I found myself feeling anxious; struggling with this feeling that I was missing something. As my wife describes it, I was “squirrely.”

Amidst all this uncertainty, it can become very easy for us to overlook the importance of self-care in this time. A few months ago, I was researching some new ways to incorporate self-care in our lives. Through this process, I stumbled across the concept of Hygge (pronounced “Hyoo-guh”). A word that has no direct translation but can summed up as simply “cozy” or “a ritual where one can find enjoyment and comfort in life’s simple pleasures.” This trend has taken of in Denmark and has become a staple of their culture.

Hygge can serve as good reminder in our current uncertainty to stop and take time for ourselves. We aren’t sure what tomorrow will bring but we can engage in the little things here and now. Here are some tips to bring some Hygge into your life, no matter where you are:

  • Light up some scented candles or the fireplace: Help change up the environment around to a more calming and relaxing space.
  • Spring cleaning: As the weather begins to warm-up, take advantage of the time to pack away heavier winter items and bring out the light and colorful spring arrangements.
  • Bring plants inside: Bring some life into your home with some potted plants. It’ll help warm-up your environment and watering it can help add a daily ritual to your daily routine.
  • Open the blinds and windows: As the days have gotten longer, try and let some sun into your house. If possible, take some time to sit in the warmth and enjoy the light. As the weather continues to warm, open your windows and let the fresh air circulate in your home.
  • Decorate with photos: Find a space where you can print out some photos of your past spring and summers. Reflect on memories of happiness and prepare yourself for future activities to come.
  • A few others: Blast the radio and sing along, talk to your pets, savor the first sip of coffee, bake some home-made snacks and pick up a book you’ve been meaning to get to.

Through this time, it’s important to focus on what’s in-front and around us; to keep ourselves grounded in the present and take care of our physical and mental health. If you are seeking additional support in this time, Bayridge Counselling Centres is offering on-line and phone therapy services. Give us a call at (905) 319-1488 to connect with us.

Find your Hygge