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are you embracing hygge?

18th September 2017 by Sophie

We're celebrating staying in this September! As the weather gets colder and our schedules get busier, let's do as the Danish do and introduce a little more hygge into our routines.

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what is hygge?

There are a few different suggestions for how to pronounce hygge, including “hue-gah”, “hoo-gah”, “heurgh” and “hhyooguh” - the only thing that’s clear is that us British find it very difficult, if not impossible, to pronounce. But we will not be discouraged by this fact! Ever since the somewhat tumultuous year we had in 2016, our little island has been embracing the Danish way of hygge wholeheartedly.

In the face of stress, hygge means relaxation. It can apply whether you’re alone or with friends and family. Its staples are candlelight and woolen jumpers, hot soup and thick knit blankets, patterned socks and a fire in the grate.

And now that autumn is upon us again, here at graze hq we are totally down for bringing more hygge into our soon to be wintery lives.

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how can hygge benefit your health?

Hygge is more than the material, it’s a state of mind too.

Taking joy in the little things, living in the moment, appreciating the people around you, making time for yourself, these are all hygge. And in our society of multitasking, status updates and full schedules, a little more hygge is just what the doctor ordered.

Stress is often a factor in damaged or sub-optimal health. Relaxation lowers stress levels - strengthening the immune system, raising the metabolism, and reducing the likelihood of developing depression.

Making time for yourself - doing yoga, listening to music, having a nap – anything that slows your heart rate and clears your mind will go a long way to helping you de-stress.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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How to bring more hygge into your life

Here are some super simple hacks to bring some hygge wherever you are.

  1. Fix the lighting. Turn on some fairy lights, light some candles, or even go out to watch the sunset.
  2. Switch off the tech. Read a book, cook a meal, or have some actual real life face time with friends. And make sure you turn off those pesky notifications!
  3. Get comfortable. You’re not dressing to impress, you’re dressing to stress less! That means comfy comfy comfy.
  4. Get cosy. I’m talking blankets, hot tea or cocoa, fluffy socks, a knitted hat, the works.
  5. If you or your partner could grow a beard, that would be ideal.
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Snacks for a hygge body:

  • Cashews – the high zinc content of these crunchy nuts help fight anxiety
  • Berries – these tasty little bursts are packed with vitamins that help support your immune system
  • Oats – a complex carb that keeps your energy levels up and causes your brain to produce the feel-good chemical serotonin
  • Dark chocolate – this comforting flavour brightens even the worst days and is full of antioxidants that help lower blood pressure

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Snacks for a hygge mind:

Taste buds are a powerful thing! Anything with comforting flavours like apple and cinnamon, chocolate and orange or cranberry and hazelnut will help you unwind - although these will be totally subjective to you.

Holding warm food and drink is probably the most uplifting, comforting thing you can ask for next to a hug. Warming snacks like our microwaveable little puds, or our baked snacks with a graze tea bag are not to be missed for some top notch hygge quiet time.

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By Sophie, graze blogger.

Sophie is our London-based blogger, queen of content and all things writing at graze HQ! She loves working with the taste expert team to bring their recipes out into the world.

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