A HYGGEKROG – A PLACE TO SIT OR LIE…

The Danish say that every home needs a ‘Hyggekrog‘, which means ‘a nook‘.

It basically means it’s the place in your room where you love to sit or lie under a blanket with your favourite book or magazine and a cup of tea. We all love a place to curl up and relax but the Danes seem to know how to do it properly.

You can easily make your own ‘Hyggekrog’ in your home, just find that quiet area and pop your cushions and blanket ready for you to relax and chill.

Apparently, many of the buildings in Copenhagen have bay windows which are transformed with cushions and blankets for people to sit and relax after a busy day.

That doesn’t mean to say you need a window to create your ‘Hyggekrog‘ just a cozy area that is suitable for you to relax in.

I think us Brits find it quite hard to include this sort of relaxation in our lives even though it will make us feel so much better. We seem to be watching the clock 24/7 instead of taking regular breaks.

One of my favourite hobbies is making cakes but I always feel exhausted after I have finished washing all the pots and pans and making sure the kitchen looked as clean as it did before I started baking. So, why can’t I just sit down in a comfy corner while the cakes are cooking and enjoy some ‘Hyggekrog‘ time. I really have no idea why, I guess it’s just habit, but I feel sure if I did this I would enjoy baking even more.

This cosy reading nook was created by designer Jeffrey Alan Marks 

The Culture Trip write about ‘Hyggekrog‘ and say every home should have a little cosy nook to retreat to, preferably a window seat with a view looking out to nature. Add layers of cushions and a blanket and enjoy an afternoon of peace and quiet with a good book. Now imagine yourself relaxing at your Hyggekrog. You have your favorite blanket over your legs as you are looking outside at the birds. Listen to the gentle rhythm of the raindrops hitting the window, as your hands are wrapped around your favorite mug and you are taking in the aroma of your favorite tea.

BREW MONDAY 2020…

Brew Monday 2020 is run by the Samaritans.

When it’s cold and grey outside, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa and a good conversation helps to make us feel better and manage the ups and downs of life.

Have a Brew Monday any Monday this January or February, or a day that’s good for you.

And by using your get-together to raise money for Samaritans, you’ll help give people having a tough time somewhere to turn when they need to talk.

Kick start the New Year with a morale boosting workplace get together. Having a Brew Monday helps pick people up, let’s colleagues get to know each other, and is a lovely way for employers to show they care about wellbeing.

Keep it small or make it big. A Brew Monday is a good excuse to invite over neighbours, or parents after the morning school run. Or just to get friends together you haven’t seen for a while, for a really good chat.

At school. At the gym or the rugby club. In the village hall or the church. Introduce people to each other, make new friends, feel your community enjoying itself. On a Monday, or another day. Whatever works.

It costs just £5 for Samaritans to be able to answer a call for help from someone struggling to cope with big, difficult feelings, who may feel so alone.

A donation to Samaritans for a lovely cuppa and a piece of cake – or two – can bring warmth to someone at the toughest time of their life.

It can even save their life.

Imagine what a Brew could do.