What is Hygge?
Hygge (pronounced ‘Hue-gah’) has been in the headlines for a couple of years ago now. Simply it is the Danish art of living well.
It is described as a quality of presence and an experience of togetherness, feeling warm, safe, comforted and sheltered, it can give us courage and contentment.
I picked up the book photographed above in my local library and it got me thinking about how we can apply these concepts to learning and education. After all, students can only learn if they feel safe, secure and confident so with Hygge promising an increase in these then it makes sense to utilise it.
One of the principles at the heart of hygge is the sense of belonging, connecting with others. Humans are social beings, we have a natural sense to be with others, to not feel alone.
Hygge-studying ideas to belong:
- Study with a friend or in a small group. This can be beneficial as peer-teaching can take place but more importantly so you don’t feel alone. Just make sure you get some studying done!
- Revise in a public place – go to a coffee shop, library, somewhere quiet enough to get some work done but where you have a sense of belonging too.
- Use your study breaks to connect with other people, call (don’t just message!) a friend, talk to a relative, check in on someone who maybe struggling.
- Make a study survival pack to gift to a friend
- Write a postcard of encouragement to someone in your class
- Spend time with your family, attend family meals together
The next principle of Hygge is shelter. Shelter means security, support, the everyday experience of feeling safe, peace of mind and trust. It can also refer to mental shelter from the pressure of life.
Hyyge-studying ideas relating to shelter
- Take breaks, get some mental shelter from the stress of revising
- Find quiet places to sit just and reflect
- Make your study area feel like peaceful sheltered area that is safe and secure
- Create boundaries – either physical by getting some alone time and mental by arranging your revision time into blocks
- Consider pushing your bed against two walls so you sleep encased by two walls
Feeling comfort is at the heart of hyyge, something we all seek through our lives. When we seek comfort we usually turn to the familiar, things that have made us happy in the past.
Hygge-studying ideas to comfort
- Have a routine set in place to give familiarity – morning routines and evening routines and little rituals through the day
- Spend some time enjoying things from your past – look at old photos, watch a favourite movie, read a favourite book in your study break times
- Comfort your friends and family too – maybe something simple as make them a cup of tea
- Make your study area comfortable and a pleasing place to be in, make sure it is illuminated with natural light, the chair you use is comfortable and warm
- Make your study area decluttered and tidy to comfort your mind as you work
Wellbeing is about a deep rapport with ourselves and the world around us. It is about the relationships we have with others, the feeling of happiness and contentment we have, living a wholesome balanced life.
Hygge-studying ideas to wellbeing
- Feel connection with other people, go for a walk down a familiar street and smile at people as you do. Don’t lock yourself away with your books.
- Practise gratitude – start each study session with mentally listing the things you are grateful for
- Take a break from studying every half hour to just stop and be mindful about what is going on around you.
- Accept that this period of intense studying is temporary, your whole life is not like this, it is a busy few months but then you will get a break afterwards.
I hope this has given you some ideas on how you could incorporate some of the principles of Hygge into your exam revision and studying.
I would love to hear if you have any other ideas 🙂