Survival of the Hyggelig

Friday afternoon, 4:51 pm.

I find myself being the most unproductive I’ve been this week. I lie frozen like a popsicle under a self-described “chinchilla blanket” on my couch with my phone and water bottle. I wish I was being more productive but more than anything else, I wish I wasn’t COLD.

The romantic ambiance of Christmastime is over, but the -30 chill stays. The static electricity makes my hair stand up, my skin is incredibly dry, and nothing sounds sweeter than the words, “Let’s see what’s on Netflix.”

For someone like me who’s adapted the hustling lifestyle, days like these hurt to live through because you just want to be productive all the time. That’s how your dreams come true – not letting anything get in the way, even yourself.

Well, I’m here to say that you don’t always have to be productive. If anything, being able to take a day off to just be is okay – that’s where hygge comes in. When you feel cold and alone, hygge is there to warm you up. Hygge comes along with a warm cup of tea, a good book, and the reassuring hug saying that everything is going to be okay. Hygge is a very restorative practice. It soothes the soul from a touch of a loved one to the vibration of a phone from your friend texting you. Hygge often puts life in perspective.

Winter will not be here forever. There will be a morning that you can wake up and not feel cold. The heartwarming activities of summer hygge will be here before you know it.

So let’s tackle winter, together.

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