10 Ways To Keep Hygge In The Warmer Months

10 Ways To Keep Hygge In The Warmer Months

Just because it is summer doesn't mean you can't be comfy and practice self-care.

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If you don't know what Hygge is, check out this article that explains what it is and what you can do to practice Hygge. Hygge is basically the Scandinavian way-of-life that practices self-care. It is a great way to get rid of those Winter blues.

Because Scandinavia is so cold, Hygge is mostly associated with the cold weather and keeping warm and comfortable during the harsh season. However, if you live in a temperate environment and it is just starting to get warmer out, and the days longer, you may find yourself missing that Hygge life of wrapping yourself in a big, cozy blanket in your pjs and drinking a large mug of tea.

Fear not! You can definitely keep Hygge in the warmer months! Here are a few suggestions to keep yourself comfy and happy for the other half of the year!

1. Immerse yourself in nature

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Nature is one of the key components of Hygge. It is especially important in the Winter when most of the greenery and flowers are dead, but it is still just as important in the Spring and Summer! Now is the perfect time to head to your local nursery and pick out some house plants. Check out this article for some suggestions on what the best houseplant is for you, and the different perks they bring! Or you could start your own garden and plant your own bright flowers!

Go for a walk or a hike. Put away your phone and really take a breath of that fresh air. Take your time to walk slowly, extend your hand out and let your fingers connect to nature (as long as it's not poison ivy or oak!) Hygge is all about reflecting and feeling at peace. Even sitting outside in your yard or porch can help put your mind at ease.

2. Linens and light cottons

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There is nothing better than wrapping yourself up like a Chipotle burrito in the Winter in a plush blanket. But in the summer, that could definitely lead to some serious night-sweats. Instead, switch out your thick blankets for those made of linen or cotton. These are breathable materials, and plus, they're super soft!

3. Soak up that vitamin D!

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With the days getting longer, there's more time to do so much! Who wants to spend their days inside when it's so beautiful out? No one! So head on outside and enjoy!

More daylight also helps boost your mood. One of the struggles of the Winter is that the days are so short and even during the daytime, there isn't much sun. You can probably feel yourself in a low mood like you are stuck in a permanent gray area. Lots of people have SAD Lamps that create artificial light that replicates the sun. But now you can have the sunshine for more hours! Yay!

4. "Hey there Boo-Boo, let's go steal that man's pic-a-nic basket!"

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Have a picnic! Hygge is all about food as much as it is about spending time with your friends! Pack up some sandwiches and some fresh-squeezed lemonade and juicy watermelon and go enjoy the beautiful spring and summer days.

5.  Stick your toes in the sand

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If you're not much for a field, or if you have bad allergies, you could always head to the beach! Sunbathe (remember your sunscreen!), collect shells, or cool off in the water.

6. Pull a Marie Kondo

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While you're packing away your heavy wool sweaters and sweats, go through your wardrobe and declutter. What you don't wear anymore, or have never worn, to begin with. Donate the clothes that are still in good shape and pack away the rest of your Winter clothes for the summer. Looking at a decluttered closet can be so comforting. Plus, now you have room to buy more cute summer clothes!

7. Do some Yoga

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Yoga and meditation is great for both the body and mind. Find a space inside or outside and strike a pose. Make yourself comfortable and do some breathing exercises to clear your mind. To Hygge is to relax, and you should always take at least 2 hours out of your day to do just that. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just do nothing.

8. Add some color into your life

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We often associate the Fall/Winter with warm, dark colors and Spring/Summer with cool, bright colors. Pop in some color to your wardrobe. Perhaps you may find yourself a new favorite color to wear that you may have never thought you'd wear yourself. This season, mine is yellow!

9. Light some candles

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Creating an ambiance in a room by lighting candles creates a peaceful mood about the room. However, lighting candles don't always have to be associated with the colder months. There are, of course, candles brought out seasonally for the spring and summer. These scents include those from nature, or from food and drinks. Filling your house with fresh scents, or even the scent of your favorite fruit or flower can help create a relaxing space. Lavender is great for stress relief and my personal favorite, the Capri Blue Volcano candle is appropriate all year round.

10. And again, do what you love!

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Overall, Hygge is about enjoying life. Take some time out of your day to step back and take everything in and enjoy it. Do the things you love to do, but may not always have time for. Read the book that has been sitting on your shelf for months, paint, sketch, or write.

The Scandinavians are not referred to as some of the happiest people in the world, and that is because they live their lives according to Hygge. It is the perfect, inexpensive way to live life gracefully and happily.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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