City life can be challenging for spoonies, living with fibromyalgia. The noise, pollution, crowds and general sensory overload can be overwhelming. Living and working in Leeds, definitely overwhelms me at times. The weather has also been unusually hot and sunny the last few weeks in the UK, which is great. Sunshine and blue skies always make me happy but, too much heat and humidity, also have a negative impact on chronic fatigue. I can handle that when I’m not working full-time.
Is hygge the antidote I’m looking for?
So this time, when planning a mini adventure, I decided what I really need is a relaxing break. A good dose of Danish hygge, just might be the fix I need!
If you’re not familiar with the Danish word, custom and export, hygge can be defined as:
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)
For me, it’s about life’s simple pleasures like happiness, laughter, spending quality time with my favourite people, relaxing in comfortable clothes in cosy surroundings, practising meditation and being fully present.
According to Visit Denmark,
Hygge invites mindfulness, togetherness and reconnection. It’s a way of enjoying life’s pleasures without feeling guilty.
All of the above can help with managing chronic illness like fibromyalgia.
Visit Denmark also believe Copenhagen could be the antidote to busy city life.
Hygge is already an important part of my life but, I want to explore whether I can increase my hygge lifestyle. So when Visit Denmark posed the question,
How hygge are you?
Could a dose of Danish hygge be the antidote you’ve been searching for?
I had to take the test!
You are no stranger to hygge!
Well done. You’ve got just enough hygge to combat the hustle and bustle of city life. There’s always room for improvement though…
That sounds about right! 😄
Is Danish hygge and Copenhagen the break I need?
Let’s find out! 😊
Confession: I’m actually already in Copenhagen! 🎉🎉🎉 I arrived with my good friend Minhsien from Taiwan, late on Wednesday night. We went straight to a hotel and yesterday made our way to our fabulous Airbnb, we’re here for another 2 nights and then who knows where, we still have 3 nights to book.
If you have any tips on places to visit to boost my hygge-levels, I’d love to hear from you – stick them in the comments.
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