By the end of a stressful week of work or semester of school, it’s safe to say we’re all tired and in need of a vacation. However, we can’t always financially afford to go on a trip. The solution? A staycation! Staying at home to relax while you take off work is one of the best ways to increase your motivation. You’re in the comfort of your own home. What could be better?
To get the most benefit out of a staycation, try implementing hygge into your time off. The word hygge generally means creating feelings of friendliness, happiness and well being. It’s about finding meaning in your life and being mindful. It is also about embracing small indulgences.
Here are seven ways to make your hygge staycation as cozy and relaxing as possible.
If you have a fireplace, why not start a fire to keep you warm? There’s nothing cozier than the sound of crackling wood and the warmth from a well-made fire. Make sure to use real wood to stay true to your commitment of using authentic ingredients during your hygge staycation.
If your blankets are ripped up, stained or simply cheaply made, it’s time to invest in some quality covers — but this doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. You can typically find soft, plush blankets for $20 to $30 at any sort of home goods store. It can’t hurt to stock up, either!
There’s something about dimming the lights and lighting some warm candles while you cuddle up on the couch that’s so relaxing. Tea lights are perfect for spreading the feel-good essence all throughout your home — without breaking the bank. However, stay away from the scented candles to stick with the non-artificial trend of hygge.
Since you aren’t using scented candles, fill your home with the smell of freshly baked bread, instead — that’s about as hygge as it gets. There’s nothing better than a slice of homemade bread straight out of the oven. Plus, making and kneading the dough is rather cathartic, too.
Countless studies have shown that including elements of nature in your home is an effective way to reduce your stress levels and help you relax. So, why not incorporate some of these features into your space during your hygge staycation? Whether it’s houseplants, a coffee table made from a tree or freshly picked flowers, you’ll surely benefit from bringing the outside indoors. Even exposed brick or stone walls and wooden floors can help maintain the earthy vibe you’re going for during this time.
This should go without saying, but try taking breaks from technology as much as possible during your hygge staycation. While it’s difficult for many of us to completely disconnect, set goals for yourself about the amount of time you can spend watching TV shows, playing video games and texting your friends. There are many apps you can download that monitor the amount of time you spend on your phone, so take advantage of them!
If there’s one thing hygge isn’t about, it’s sitting on the couch scrolling through social media for hours on end.
Whether your drink of choice is coffee, tea, hot chocolate, mulled wine or apple cider, drinking a hot beverage is a great way to unwind and warm up all at once. If coffee or tea is your thing, try opting for decaffeinated options instead — you want to make sure you get caught up on your beauty sleep during your time off, as well!
No matter how many hygge activities you have planned for yourself, none of them will be effective if you aren’t in the right mindset. Try reading up on the theory behind the concept of hygge before your staycation. This way, you’ll be completely prepared going into it.
Practicing mindfulness and hygge is a great commitment to make for your personal health. With these seven ideas, you’ll never want your hygge staycation to end.