For years now, I have been trying to perfect the art of living a cozy lifestyle. I incorporate coziness into what I wear every day and how I decorate my home. There’s nothing like changing into comfy clothing at the end of a day and crashing down onto a pile of blankets on the couch. Being able to lounge around and feel as cozy as possible, on those lazy evenings and weekends is the best feeling. It’s not much of a shock to see why people like you and I would want to live that way. A whole new word was created around that type of lifestyle, it’s called Hygge. For those who’ve never heard of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and according to Google, it’s a “quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
During the winter that makes perfect sense. Pictures of chunky knits, burning candles and mugs of cocoa flood Pinterest feeds. As we work our way through spring and transition to summer warmth, we can continue to live a Hygge and cozy lifestyle.
There are actual benefits to having a comfy home environment, beyond the fact that you get to relax and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. Having a cozy home can improve your life and your health in the long run.
Here are a few ways that having a comfy home can improve your life.
IT CAN RECHARGE YOUR INTERNAL BATTERIES
All day long I am constantly running around trying to get things done. During the week I am an assistant fashion buyer, doing a million things at once, and going to NYC once a week to meet with clothing vendors. In the evenings I do all my blog writing. On weekends, I am cleaning and running errands, taking care of my kitties, and trying to get some self-care practices in. So, if you’re an ambitious kind of person like me, it can be really easy to end up neglecting rest and relaxation, in the constant drive to do better, and achieve more, in your day to day life. This always on the go, always doing something type of lifestyle can create burnout real fast. We need to learn to chill out, take some much-needed time off, and stop to smell the roses.
Interestingly, though, there’s a good deal of evidence out there that people are more productive, more creative, and achieve more, when they get at least a decent amount of rest and relaxation in their lives. Having a cozy home environment can help you to unwind, and to counterbalance your hard work with some much-needed rest. Illogically, this can then make you more productive when it’s time to get back to work.
IT CAN IMPROVE THE FEEL OF YOUR HOME
My mom always says that I have the ability to make any space a cozy and inviting one. Even as a kid I loved soft blankets, good smelling candles, and decorating for the season. As I grew up I was able to create spaces that were warm and welcoming to anyone because that how I wanted to live. It makes me happy to live in a cozy home and I feel relaxed when I’m home. As pretty as those modern and sleek houses are on Pinterest, I would prefer a comfy cozy style home any day.
When a home is tidy, well decorated, and cozy, it makes sense to assume that everyone in that home is going to be more relaxed. The environments we inhabit, and spend time in, really do have a big impact on our psychology. People in dark, damp, cell-like homes just aren’t as happy and positive as they could be. I love being able to let the sun into my room every morning because it brings me so much joy that it’s a beautiful day outside. I open the windows to let the fresh air in because I love the smell of freshly cut grass. Having elements of lights and nice smells in your home can greatly improve your mood and mental health.
It’s not just me that benefits from the cozy home that I’ve created. I live with my boyfriend and two cats. I want them to live in a nice and comfortable home too. One thing that I love about our apartment is that there’s carpeting throughout the rooms. Most people like hardwood floors in their home but I love carpet because of how soft it is and how it make my home instantly cozier. I also spend a lot of time laying on the carpet playing with my cats and they love it too. Soft carpet under our feet feels good – and especially if it’s a cozy carpet from a companies like Carpet One flooring.
IT CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER
When I come home from a busy day at work, I feel comfort in knowing that I’ll be able to relax on my porch in on my couch because those places are comfortable to me. Life can be difficult and frustrating, but it can also be extremely positive and rewarding to have those kinds of spaces. Having a home that actually contains a good number of “simple pleasures” can help you to develop and explore that sense of gratitude. It makes me happy to have a bunch of soft blankets surrounding me, I love that my cats love the carpet and roll around on it to play, and I love being able to turn on my salt lamp and light a candle to relax every night.
Its simple things like pillows, blankets, candles and rugs/carpet that allow you to feel a sense of gratitude for your life. By having these simple pleasures in your life, you can feel grateful, optimistic and positive. It’s easier for me to relax in a cozy space because everything in there, bring me joy. Cue Marie Condo! I have more fun, sleep better, and relax more because of how cozy my home is.
If you want to know how to make your home the coziest place that it can be, read my post about 5 Simple Ways to make your Home a Cozier Place.