Have you ever heard of the Danish concept of hygge (say hoo-gah)? It’s doesn’t have an exact English translation, but The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking says it’s been defined as any of the following:
- “the art of creating intimacy”
- “coziness of the soul”
- “the absence of annoyance”
- “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”
- “cozy togetherness”
- and “cocoa by candlelight.”
Read on to learn how practicing hygge during the winter months can help your chronic illness.
Hygge Reduces Stress
One of the biggest factors in chronic illness flare-ups is stress. Not only does it make us feel bad mentally, but it can affect our bodies negatively too. Reducing stress by practicing self-care is a great way to add hygge to your life and improve your chronic illness management.
Hygge Adds Happiness
On the flipside, hygge doesn’t just remove stress; it actually adds happiness. The art of hygge is the art of celebrating being at home with oneself and/or with friends and family. It’s about taking time to add comfort and coziness to our lives. It’s about doing things just because they make us happy.
How to Add Hygge to Your Life
There are a number of ways to add hygge to your life, and they’re going to differ based on what makes you happy. But as a starting point, here are some near-universal ways to add happiness and comfort to your life.
Check the lighting in your home. If the lights in your house are too harsh or bright, it can be hard to feel relaxed. Consider switching to 40 watt bulbs (or their equivalents), or switch to candle light in the evenings.
Create a coziness kit. For cold nights, there’s nothing more relaxing and satisfying than covering up with warm blankets and enjoying a warm cup of tea (or hot cider, cocoa or mulled wine if they don’t cause flare-ups). Gather materials in convenient spots, so you can turn up the hygge in your home at any point.
Have friends over. Whether you throw a big party or just have a few close friends over for coffee or tea, conversing with your friends and family during the winter months is a great way to invest in the relationships that add to your happiness all year long.
Self-Care at IVX Health
If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get both your physical and emotional health back on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.