Don’t wait until it’s convenient – how to hygge when you’re busy

I’m too busy to relax…

I don’t have the time…

You know that time is a socially agreed construct, right?

It’s not that you don’t have the time, it’s just that you aren’t making the time to do the thing. That’s okay though! There are other priorities in your life, and for reasons unbeknownst to me, they are worth more of your time than practicing hygge.

But what if I could tell you that you could still make time for hygge in your crazy filled day? You know you don’t have to do the traditional style of hygge and sit on the couch and drink tea all night. (That is pretty fantastic, but unfortunately, it can be unrealistic).

Here are some ways I have found hygge with my intense work schedule.

(Disclaimer: These tips work for me, but they may not work for you. Remember that hygge is all about personalization, so do what’s best for you.)

Get up an hour early (or stay up an hour later)

Some of my favourite mornings are when I wake up an hour early on my own, make some tea, and sit in the silence on my desk chair or kitchen table. When the house is silent, and I can watch the sunrise in peace, I can’t think of something more hyggelig than that. Remember what I said before though, I made time for myself to get up earlier. Hygge and time management come hand in hand! I also suggest staying up an hour later if you’re a night owl. You still have that silence and quiet; it’s just a little darker.

Have a nightly routine

One of the most impactful ways I’ve found to relieve stress in hygge over this busy schedule is being able to stick to my nightly routine. It’s harder to stick with it during the weekends, but I manage to make it a thing. If you’re curious, this is my nightly routine!

  • I stop doing my homework at 10 PM (my work is useless/awful after 10 PM)
  • Take a shower, take makeup off, wash my face, brush my teeth
  • Jump into bed and complete a Sudoku puzzle
  • Meditate for 10 minutes
  • Bedtime!

It takes about 30-45 minutes in total to complete. I have found peace having this nightly routine because no matter how bad my day was, I can always look forward to the comfort of it. I also really enjoy doing Sudoku puzzles because for me, I have a hard time concentrating on a book at the end of the day and I like the challenge of solving a problem I know I can complete. I use this book of Sudoku puzzles I bought when I was in Europe, but you can get some decent puzzles at your nearest dollar store.

Making a fun weekly routine 

There’s something about them that comfort me, and I recommend for you to try them out too. When I talk about routine, I’m not talking about the “get up – go to your bad job – come home – sleep – repeat” routine (which if you are in this routine, let’s talk about it!). I’m referring to more of a, “having something constant in your life that brings you joy” routine. For some, that can mean going to your favourite store to look at fun things. For others, that can be going to the fancy coffee shop down the street and splurging on a super yummy cappuccino once a week. For me, it’s been going for a weekly lunch with my boyfriend every Thursday. With our busy schedules, it’s been hard to see each other. However, with that lunch date always in place, it’s our time to zone out and appreciate each other’s company. (And by that I mean he listens to me talk about all the cool stuff I’m doing in school.)

What do you to hygge with a crazy schedule? I’d love to hear from you!

Warm wishes,

Dani

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