Hygge: simple Scandi secrets for a healthy, cozy morning

The Scandinavians seem to have it down when it comes to appreciating the finer things in life, so who better to take inspiration from when trying to start your day off on the right foot? Take a look as these five simple ways to add more hygge into your morning routine.

Hygge: simple Scandi secrets for a healthy, cozy morning

Wake up gently

Bright lights, noisy neighbours and blaring alarms first thing = definitely un-hygge! To help take the edge off of getting out of bed, try setting an alarm with a gentler, more relaxing sound five minutes earlier than your usual one - and open the curtains instead of turning on the overhead light.

 

Keep your morning simple

Sure, oversleeping has a nasty habit of making us late for work, but getting up early doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have a productive morning. To hit the right morning balance (while maximizing your sleep time) it’s essential to keep your morning routine as streamlined as possible. The pile of dishes from last night? They can wait until the evening. Ten unread emails? Check them in the office. Your only morning goal should be to make getting out the door as stress-free as possible.

 

No to multi-tasking

You may be an expert multi-tasker when it comes to getting things done in the office, but it’s time to initiate a golden rule first thing in the a.m. - saying no to multi-tasking. Prepare as much of your stuff as you can the night before - lunch, workout gear, makeup bag - so that once you’re up, you’re able to take things one at a time. After all, your home is your base, not a cannon you get fired out of every morning!

 

Eat a proper breakfast

We all know how important a healthy breakfast is to starting your day off properly, so don’t skip it! Make your first meal of the day a nutritious one with expert Raphaël Gruman’s tips for a balanced breakfast (The importance of a healthy breakfast: starting your day off right), and really take the time to enjoy preparing and eating your food. You are what you eat, so spending that extra fifteen minutes in the kitchen with a hot drink and nourishing breakfast is a wise investment for the rest of your day  - trust us.

 

Wrap up warm

Warm, welcoming textures are a central part of the hygge lifestyle - and not just for home. When picking out your morning outfit, but you’d be surprised how much dressing for comfort - while remaining office-appropriate - can have a positive impact on your mood. Opt for natural, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen, wool), and layer looser or lighter pieces. This will help to regulate your body temperature - ideal if you spend much of your commute riding notoriously uncomfortable public transport - as well as feeling far less restrictive.