5 Secrets To Beating The Winter-Time Blues With Hygge

5 Secrets To Beating The Winter-Time Blues With Hygge

Basically, anything that makes you feel all snuggled in, from smells to fabrics, to foods/beverages.
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Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish concept that is a lifestyle focused on coziness and company. It encompasses the little things in life that make one feel content and warm inside. Basically, anything that makes you feel all snuggled in, from smells to fabrics, to foods/beverages.

1. Candles:

One thing that really helps me get through the cold snowy and dark time of the year is warm light. Candles are a great way to add a mellow light to the room, a welcoming fragrance, and cut down on electricity costs. Candles can be pricey, but I suggest heading to Walmart or a dollar store to find some cheaper versions. You could even make your own candles, if you're feelin' crafty

2. Blankets:

The Danish, particularly love cable knit, but I think any cozy blanket will do. A personal favorite of mine is a $10 blanket with pumpkins on it. Hygge also includes sweatpants, comfy pajamas, and even fuzzy socks

3. Food:

Can you say comfort food?! The greatest thing about spending more time indoors is that you also get to spend more time cooking and doing things with food. Now everyone talks about putting on winter weight and all the bad things that happen when you eat poorly in the winter. The point of hygge eating is to be mindful and comfortable in your food choices that are welcoming and not over-doing it. Hot chocolate, warm dishes, homemade popcorn, cupcakes and sweets, mulled wine, etc. are all warm cozy foods that are meant to make you feel loved and cozy.

4. Activities:

The point of hygge is to get in touch with yourself and what makes you feel warm and good inside. Put away the phone, shut off the TV, and close the laptop. Reading is a great way to spend time to grow your imagination and spark your mind. Playing games with friends and family is also a great way to spend your time in the company of others. Knitting, crafts, and yoga are also great hygge activities!

The Winter blues are here, but they don't have to stay. Make a cozy corner, or dedicate a specific amount of time to practice hygge to enjoy the coziness and company during the winter months.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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7 Ways To Calm Your Mind, Body, And Soul During An Anxiety Attack

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Everyone gets anxiety attacks whether you will admit it or not. Seven little things that help me find my inner peace are ones I feel everyone should be aware of.

1. Try the "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" grounding exercise.

Answer these five questions out loud for sensory awareness:

What are five things you can see?

What are four things you can feel?

What are three things you can hear?

What are two things you can smell?

What is one thing you love about yourself?

2. Try out this breathing .GIF.

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3. Listen to a song that reduces your anxiety.

4. Use some lavender oil.

Rub it on your temples.

Put some on your wrists.

Inhale.

*Calming.*

5. Tense up your muscles (and then relax).

This may sound counter-intuitive, but just give it a try:

Start tensing at your toes and move up through your body — legs, abdomen, arms, neck, and jaw. Hold it for four counts. Then, relax your muscles. Feel the tension melt out of you.

6. Download an app on your phone.

There are my top apps for helping with anxiety (and they are FREE):

"Recolor" (a coloring book app).

"Wordscapes" (like a crossword puzzle).

"PicrossLUNA" (kind of a play-off of sudoku).

"Words With Friends 2" (just like Scrabble).

7. Reach into your freezer and grab an ice cube.

Just one of many distraction methods.

Reach into the freezer and grab an ice cube or an ice pack.

Hold it firmly in your hand.

Place it on your toes.

The idea is to distract your mind from anything else.

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