To mark the 30th post in this series, I have decided to give you all some ideas for an emergency hygge kit for difficult days. The kit is designed to carry around with you, to be used if you can create even just five minutes to experience some hygge.
Wear a cosy scarf, which feels soft and warm, in a bright colour. Warm socks are very hyggelig too.
Carry the following items in your bag: a few fruit tea bags (if you have access to a kettle, if not, a small flask of hot water); a nice lip balm; a small bar of chocolate; a small book which comforts you, such as a little poetry book, or a book of positive quotations; a small tube of hand cream; a photo of someone you love, or of a happy memory or place; a lavender bag.
Make some time. Even five minutes can be enough. Find a hyggekrog, which might be a quiet corner, a cafe, or even your parked car. Treat your senses with the hand cream and lip balm, let the chocolate melt in your mouth while you read a few pages of your book. Warm the lavender bag in your hand to realise the scent. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply, enjoying the relaxing aroma of lavender. Enjoy a hot drink. Look out of the window and appreciate your surroundings.
Here are some brief poems and quotations which you could read on screen, or better still, print out and take with you, or collect your own and write them in a little notebook which lives in your bag.
“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.” Thoreaux
“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You will not defeat me.”
He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise
“Throw your heart out in front of you /Then run ahead to catch it”