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10 Tips to Find Your Winter Hygge Lifestyle in Alpena

Posted on December 21st, 2023
Hygge – pronounced “hoo-ga”, is a Danish concept that cannot be translated into a single word but encompasses the overall cozy feeling of contentment and well-being by enjoying the simple things in life. This is especially popular during the winter months when everyone seeks warm, cozy contentment!

 

A good cup of coffee or tea, a book or a journal, and a snack to kick off your hygge day. Photo by Kingsli Kraft

A good cup of coffee or tea, a book or a journal, and a snack to kick off your hygge day. Photo by Kingsli Kraft

To live hygge, think chunky knit sweaters, oversized blankets, fireplaces, candles, warm beverages, books, and comfort food. Hygge can be practiced alone, with others, at home, or out at local businesses, just as long as the environment and overall “vibe” is relaxing and cozy.

While it’s true that hygge is typically practiced in the comforts of home with fireplaces, candles, and one’s most comfortable jammies, it’s important to remember that practicing hygge involves leaving the house as well.

Hygge involves a healthy mix of being indoors and outdoors in the winter. To start, here is what is NOT hygge:
  • Staring at your phone all day long
  • Staying indoors 100% of the time
  • Strict rules
  • Purchasing anything just to be on-trend
To live your best hygge life in Alpena, here is what you SHOULD be doing:
A woman snowshoes through Rockport State Recreation Area

A leisurely snowshoe through Rockport State Recreation Area

Don’t forget – all of the above activities must be done in your comfiest knit socks, sweaters, hats, and mittens. Many of us may be already living our best hygge lifestyle and didn’t even know it! Tell us, how do you live “hoo-ga” in Alpena?

Be sure to check out the following blogs for more hygge inspiration:

New to Forest Bathing? Here are 5 Tips to Winter Forest Bathing in Alpena

A Sanctuary of Dark Skies

(Cover photo of the covered bridge; photo courtesy of Rick Houchin)