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Winter Wellbeing – Get Your Hygge On

Many people dread the winter, wishing away the days until the warmth of the sun returns.  I prefer to embrace this season and have a more ‘hygge’ approach.  The Danes created hygge to help them survive the cold, dark winters.  It is a word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.  The simple act of enjoying a warming cup of coffee in the morning, a home cooked meal with friends or lighting candles in your home to create the perfect mood. 

Photo: Annie Spratt

There are many things we can enjoy this time of year, the smell of the season, a walk in the woods, a hearty meal, the light on a freezing cold morning, winter woollies, Christmas Markets, the list goes on.  American Travel writer Paul Theroux says that ‘Winter is a season of recovery and preparation’ and for many of us this is true.  Many choose this time to tuck themselves away in a warm and cosy treatment room and enjoy some time to themselves with a spa treatment.  This can be a time to recover from the season of shopping and party going, time to recover from the stress of everyday life.  Winter is also a great time to give your skin that little extra treat.  Facials are perfect for this as they not only allow you a little ‘me’ time and an excuse for a good pamper, but they actually work wonders for your skin. 

I agree with English Poet Dame Edith Sitwell who wrote “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home” 


Words: Caroline Hurley I.I.H.H.T ART(Reg) BeCalmed Wellbeing and Medi-Spa, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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