We are well into social isolation with the coronavirus, and a lot of people are struggling without social interaction from others and possibly too much from your own household. Now is a great reminder of how to be intentional this season. I know by now Spring is upon us, but the majority of the world has been encouraged to self-isolate. This is usually a great time of the year to enjoy the weather, but we can’t do our normal activities with the current state of affairs. But I have found a few ways to embrace what this season offers through Hygge.
Hygge is the Danish concept of creating contentment and well being and is usually associated with coziness. It is not just about candles and warm blankets but about a lifestyle of living intentionally, being present, enjoying great company, and all the little things in life. Social isolation brings up an obstacle we haven’t dealt with before meaning we can’t spend time with others outside of your home unless you are an essential employee out in public. In those cases, you still can’t pick the company you keep.
I am reminded that it is important to enjoy each season and what they bring by adding a few meaningful activities. Here are a few ways to add Hygge to social isolation.
- Create a weekly zoom date with a family member or friend: create a book club, do a paint night, or play an online game together.
- Find a new hobby, or pick up an old one: Amazon can bring them right to your door, so you don’t need to go out and get supplies.
- Take a walk where you live: be sure to dress for the weather and keep your distance from other walkers.
- Declutter your home: Now is a great time to declutter when you are staying safe at home remove items you will no longer use.
- Watch a show or movie on your watch list: most movies have been streamed straight to apps so you can watch a brand new movie on demand
- Get takeout from local eateries with curb side pick up: you can make a picnic out of it in your front yard or in your living room.
- Make a new recipe: be sure to plan ahead so you can get the ingredients at your next grocery store visit.
- Message with a friend and ask how they are doing: now is a great time to touch base with your friends old and new.
- Make your favorite beverage and enjoy it while you look outside: see how the change in season is effecting your neighborhood.
- Look for beauty in every day: the flowers are blooming and life is changing right before our eyes.
- Utilize all the free classes to learn something new: they have free fitness classes, art classes, and one I’m taking myself the Happiness Course from Yale.
- Pick a fun goal this season: Rachel Hollis is offering the Next 90 Day Challenge free for everyone to 5 to thrive! The 5 things she recommends is waking up one hour early everyday or finding 1 hour for yourself each day, move your body at least 30 minutes every day, drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, give up one food category or add a health habit like meditation for the full 90 days, and write down at least 5 things you are grateful for each day. They are also doing weekly themes and videos to get your through this time.
I hope you are able to add a few of these to make your social isolation more bearable. Let me know if you have any intentional activities you are enjoying this season.