Forest Holidays, Strathyre
At the very heart of hygge, lies wellbeing and spending time with those you love.
“Just viewing a forest scene has been documented to have a very positive effect on psychological healing and recovering from stress… Forests help in reducing stress and helping to improve mental health”, says Psychologist Dr Saima Latif.
Why not get your friends together, book a cosy cabin in the forest and sip some hot chocolate by a log fire?
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Hidden Valley Yurts, Lower Glyn Farm
Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special so why not connect with nature in one of these gorgeous yurts? Think marshmallows on campfires, board games, country walks and watching the sun set.
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The Three Chimneys, Biddenden
Candles play an important role in hygge, it is suggested that just the warm glow of candlelight is hygge. The Three Chimneys boasts a warm and cosy atmosphere with plenty of candlelight. Get your friends together, sit around a table and discuss the big and small things in life: a central part of hygge.
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Heart of the Lakes, Lake District
“The winter landscape can be very beautiful with changing colours and textures, illuminated by the winter sun. Be mindful of the moment and try to enjoy this.” says Dr Latif.
Danes believe in taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday things more meaningful, beautiful or special. The stunning Lake District is the perfect place to make moments to remember for a lifetime. Settle down after a long walk by a warm log fire in a cosy cottage.
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Digital Detox Retreat, Somerset
Many believe that technology and modern day busyness has removed many of us from ourselves, our homes and ordinary tasks, making them feel as though these things are chores. With the rise of digital detox retreats, why not take yourself away and enjoy some time in the countryside to remind yourself of the most important things in life.
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As we plunge into the dark months of winter we explore the Danish lifestyle concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), which may just be the secret to why the Danes are often recognised for being amongst the happiest people on the planet. Hygge isn’t meant to be translated but is instead meant to be felt. So what is this lifestyle and how can we add a little bit of hygge into our lives?
In essence hygge means enjoying pleasurable and cosy time with family and friends.
Psychologist Dr Saima Latif, says: “It is thought the winter blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK. Research shows positive health effects from viewing natural landscapes on stress levels and speed of recovery from stress or mental fatigue, and long-term overall improvement on people's health and wellbeing.”
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