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.
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.