This hygge morning routine sets you up for a cozy, happy and also productive day. Use these tips as an inspiration to create your own cozy morning routine.
Hygge Morning Routine
Hygge pronounced as “hoo-gah” is the Nordic way to well-being. Adopted by the people of Denmark, it quickly became the way to get through the harsh dark winters in Scandinavia.
Loosely translated it means cozy and in practice you’re doing small comforting things for yourself to create contentment.
If you are new to a Hygge morning routine, here are some ways to get you started.
Spending time cuddling your partner, kids and/or pets is one of the best ways to wake up. Cuddling and hugging releases endorphins that make you feel calm.
- Set an alarm to wake up 10 minutes earlier than your usual get-up time.
- Be sure to use the gentle sounds of a wake-up light or app instead of an annoying loud beep.
- Nobody wants to be startled awake, so try to avoid this if you can.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
Hygge Morning Routine Don’t!
Something you should never do when you wake up is grab your phone to scroll through your social media feed! Numerous studies have proven that people tend to feel negative from reading their feed, so it’s just the wrong way to start the day.
Same goes for watching or reading the news. Do you ever feel positive and uplifted from watching, listening or reading the news first thing in the morning?
N.E.W.S = Negative Energy Well Spoken. Enough said!
Morning Yoga Stretch in Bed
Stretches are a gentle way to wake up the body, encourage blood flow and get rid of a few aches and knots that build up overnight.
You don’t have to do anything strenuous. Here’s a quick and easy morning yoga stretch you can do in bed.
Make sure you breathe deeply and evenly through your nose, 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out during all these morning stretches.
Do every stretch for at 3-5 breaths depending on how much time you have.
- 1. Start by wiggling toes and fingers to gently wake-up.
- 2. Bend you knees and hug them into your chest. Do this for at least 5 breaths.
- 3. Sit up straight, with legs crossed and stretch your arms above your head, interlace your fingers and push the palms up.
- 4. Bend gently to the right side for 3 breaths and repeat on the left side.
- 5. Come back to neutral and bring your left hand to your right knee for a gentle twist. Repeat on the other side.
- 5. Lower the arms, bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall apart.
- 6. Bend forward and let yourself melt down. Use a pillow to support your head if you need to.
- 7. Come back to a neutral position, sit up straight and take a few deep breaths.
- 8. You are now ready to get up.
A quick shower is an essential part of a Hygge morning routine. Feel yourself waking up and getting ready for a new day.
Use a body wash with essential oils and change up the scent every season. Really enjoy the smells and maybe put on some soft music if you like.
- Spring: rose or magnolia.
- Summer: citrus, lavender or eucalyptus.
- Autumn: cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla and apple.
- Winter: Cypress, pine and mint.
That first cozy mug of coffee or tea in the early morning is bliss. Hold your mug with both hands and enjoy the warmth and the scents.
“A morning coffee is my favorite way of starting the day, settling the nerves so that they don’t later fray.” – Marcia Carrington
Get Some Fresh Air
If you can, go out for a walk in the early morning to take in some fresh air and beautiful scenery. In the warmer months you could even walk barefoot on some grass and really connect with mother nature.
“Morning tide makes a great companion when you don’t want to be around people. It soothes and comforts and doesn’t ask for anything.” – Anna Banks
Taking a few minutes every morning and night to journal does wonders for your well-being. Just jotting down 3 things to be grateful for each day helps you focus on the positive and boosts your self-esteem.
“Gratitude makes you a better, stronger, wiser person. Ingratitude makes you a negative, angry, miserable person. Which person do you choose to be?” – Tanya Masse
You might think that reading positive affirmations is not your thing! I though so too, but they really work!
The key is to tap into your feelings for that day and pick those affirmations that resonate with you.
It might be that you need motivation for an important task or to feel good about the way you look.
Maybe you feel down or uncertain about the future! Saying positive affirmations out loud puts you in a positive mindset and helps you focus on important projects.
Here are some positive affirmations to help you get started!
- I love the skin I’m in.
- I am beautiful inside and out.
- I focus on my wellness.
- I am healthy, happy and radiant.
- I am successful.
- I am strong and powerful.
- I am peaceful and happy.
- I am able to grow and change.
- I am worthy of health, wealth and love.
Nourish yourself with the best food you can afford. Don’t reach for packaged foods, but make a meal from scratch that nourishes you inside out.
Try fried, poached or scrambled eggs with grilled tomato and some cheese or yogurt with fresh fruit.
Or crack a few eggs in a muffin tin for a quick and easy meal that cooks in the oven while you journal or sip coffee.
Don’t eat foods that are high in sugar; you’ll get a quick energy boost that comes crashing down even quicker and leaves you lethargic and brain fogged for the rest of the day.
Hygge Morning Commute
On your way to work listen to inspiring people that make you feel positive and set you up for a productive day.
Some of my favorites are Louise Hay and Gabrielle Bernstein, but you’ll also find some great speakers on YouTube.
Hygge Morning Routine Wrap up
I hope you found inspiration in these Hygge morning routine ideas to start your day in the best way possible.
What’s your favorite morning routine?