30 days of Hygge Challenge: BEFORE

30 days of Hygge Challenge: BEFORE

As you can guess from the title, I have decided to do a “30 days of Hygge challenge”.

A lot of people are probably thinking what the heck is hygge? It’s a bit of a tough one to explain as it’s not a physical state but I like this definition the best:

“Hygge (pronounced HUE-GUH) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It can be alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary but it is always cosy, charming or special.” – from hyggehouse.com

In 2016, author Meik Wiking released a book called “The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well” which I have seen everywhere and am desperate to read! I don’t think many people had heard of “Hygge” until this book was released and it’s becoming more and more popular.

There’s a lot of small (and big) things I wish I did more often in my life, be it spend less time on technology, do yoga more often, cook more meals from scratch etc but somehow I always make an excuse.

The more I began to research Hygge, the more idyllic it became. So I thought, why not try a 30 day challenge?

I’ll be starting tomorrow and finishing on June 22nd. Here is what I will be doing:

Day 1 /  Write in my gratitude journal.

Day 2 / Enjoy a hot drink in a cosy café.

Day 3 / Do 1 hour of de-cluttering.

Day 4 / Start my morning with stretches and a cup of coffee. ( This will be hard because the first thing I do EVERY day is have breakfast so I can get going. It will be really nice to try having a slower start to the day.)

Day 5 / Make a homemade gift for a loved one.

Day 6 / Hug someone or something.

Day 7 / Make a list of things that make me happy.

Day 8 / Pick up a good book and read for as long as I can.

Day 9 / Do something you loved to do as a child. (I am very excited for this one and have a few ideas but send me inspiration if you have any!)

Day 10 / Listen to some soothing music.

Day 11 / Have a pamper evening.

Day 12 / Build a hygge nook and relax in there.

Day 13 / Bake cookies for no reason – just because!

Day 14 / Meditate for 15 minute. (The one I will probably find the hardest. I have never got along well with meditation or any form of sitting still, but I am willing to give it another go…)

Day 15 / Watch a movie and relax – no distractions! (Similarly to above, I usually go on my phone whilst watching a movie, especially if I watch one by myself, but it would be so lovely to just enjoy the film and the ambience.)

Day 16 / Write a letter to someone you miss.

Day 17 / Buy yourself some flowers.

Day 18 / Book nothing in for today – today is for YOU.

Day 19 / Watch the sunrise.

Day 20 / Enjoy 1 hour of solitude – no electronics, no people.

Day 21 / Digital detox day. (Something I have wanted to do for years but never done.)

Day 22 / Relax by candlelight.

Day 23 / Do yoga by candlelight.

Day 24 / Go for a walk in nature.

Day 25 / Bake something new.

Day 26 / Cook your main meal from scratch.

Day 27 / Do a yoga class.

Day 28 / Empty your email and have a social media de-clutter. ( I have already started doing this this week.)

Day 29 / Find a source of water and walk by it.

Day 30 / Relax…and repeat.

I know some of these will be a real challenge, but I am looking forward to it! If anyone wants to join me on the challenge, or even just on one or two days let me know!

I’ll also be doing a follow up blog after the challenge on how it went.

Francesca Louise


“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard.




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