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How to Bring Hygge to the Office this Winter

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How to Bring Hygge to the Office this Winter

Hygge is all the rage these past few years. Everyone should have more hygge in their life. Which is exactly why we’re going to figure out how to bring hygge to the office this winter.
 
Very simply put, “hygge”, pronounced “hoo-gah” is a Danish word to express everything to do with coziness. Actually, it’s much more than that. According to VisitDenmark.com, “hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people”.
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Hygge, to me, is reading my favourite book while curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket. My favourite candle is flickering out of the corner of my eye, with the window cracked open just enough to hear the sound of the rain. This is my PNW version of hygge.

Why bring hygge to the office this winter?

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Having a hygge home is very important to me. I have my go-to setup if I’m hanging around the house. I’ll light a candle, turn on our fairy lights and open the blinds to let some soft light in. I open the window just enough to let in some fresh air and curl up in a cozy blanket on the sofa with a cup of tea.

This is my favourite space to be, hanging out, reading or working. In fact it makes me sad when I have to put real clothes on and actually go to the office. This is what sparked the idea for this post. While I do not condone going to the office in your pajamas, I have identified a few other ways on how to bring hygge to the office this winter. So that you don’t have to be sad about leaving your home in the morning.
 
Over time I’ve made my cubicle more personalized and comfortable. Let me share with you how to bring hygge to the office this winter. A few small touches can make a BIG difference in your satisfaction with your space. Be prepared for your coworkers to become jealous. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

it makes me sad when I have to put real clothes on and actually go to the office

Heated Blanket

This is actually the holy-grail jealousy-inducing item on this list. I have had almost half of my coworkers from my old job copy my heated blanket idea. I don’t mind one bit, it’s actually a pretty great setup. Plus, you won’t annoy anyone by having your heater on all day. I don’t know how people can be so warm all the time. I am usually freezing! Also, why is the air conditioning on in December!
 
A lot of the time I sit with the blanket wrapped around me. But on cold morning it sure feels amazing to cozy up in the warm blanket while I’m working away. It’s the next best thing to wearing pajamas, which is totally inappropriate.
I use a heated throw (US link) which I love. But I also recommend this heated shawl (US link) if you want your blanket to heat up extra warm. Plus, it’s quite a bit thinner (but hotter!) and more low profile than the throw.
 

Stock up on Spicy 'Warming' Teas

OHHH the season of tea! Haha I am kidding, I drink tea all year round. My preference for this time of year are richer caffeine laden teas. Nepal Black from DAVID’sTEA with honey always hits the spot, but a spicy chai can’t be beat this time of year.
 
I often drink tea before bed. I know we’re talking about bringing hygge to the office, and many people like caffeine-free tea later in the afternoon. While I usually prefer caffeine, I LOVE the flavour of these two teas without adding anything to them:
 
I love that the Yogi tea comes with an affirmation, which is always fun. Also, these are both teas that I like steeped for an extra long time. The Lemon Ginger gets spicy and the Cinnamon Rooibos Chai gets sweet if you let them steep.

This time of year, anything with warming spices has a place in my heart: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, star anise. Ugh, so good!

Make it Special

Every year for the past few years my husband and I have purchased DAVID’sTEA’s 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. Its a special way for us to try new tea and get festive over the holidays. Of course, you could get yourself any holiday gift set of tea and treat yourself each day at the office.
 

Further, I highly recommend bringing your favourite porcelain mug to work for your tea. Throughout the year I do use thermoses but I LOVE holding a hot mug of tea. Also the best drinking temperature comes from closely watching your mug of tea and drinking the whole thing while it’s still really warm.

Finally, in the absence of tea, a fancy holiday coffee never hurt anyone! I’d watch the sugar in those things, I am not sure I’d recommend one daily.

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DAVID's TEA 24 days of tea how to bring hygge to the office this winter qs creative cozy tea

But ultimately- you do you! I am not one to shy away from treating myself.

Update your Desktop Background

Changing your computer background is another way to bring hygge to the office this winter. It’s all about your atmosphere. Having something cozy or festive on there can put you in the spirit of the season. Some ideas that I would go for might include a warm looking fireplace, a snowy boulevard, or frozen lake. Think of where you want to be, and bring yourself there by updating your background!
Here are a few cool ones that I like:
Heh heh…did you see what I did there?

Find a Relaxing Playlist on Spotify

There are some great playlists out there. One for every mood really. Usually, I use the free Spotify app since that ads don’t bother me too much. However, my husband got me a Spotify subscription for my birthday so I’m all about it right now. Other than my own playlists, I enjoy “Your Favorite Coffeehouse” and “Hanging Out and Relaxing” playlists on Spotify.

Create your own Playlist on Spotify

I actually like to create my own playlists based on other playlists I enjoy. So for a while I listened to the “Your Favorite Coffeehouse” playlist until I started recognizing some of the songs. Then, I added the songs I liked to my own playlist.

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Of course I select songs I already know I like as well. This way I can create a huge playlist (100+ songs) of all hand picked songs I know suit the mood I’m going for. Listen to my hand curated playlist: Happy Home/Calm Mind.

Also, I’m going to open myself up to embarrassment here, but I honestly LOVE Christmas music and will absolutely be listening to this at my desk. Whether I tell anybody in the office about it is another question.

On a side note, when I need to get lots of work done I listen to playlists especially made for focus. They have variations of white noise so that I can tune into my work rather than listen to stories that my coworkers are telling each other. Spotify has tons of these playlists, just search “focus”.

Dress Cozy

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Bring a cozy oversized sweater or scarf to keep at your desk. Cozy sweaters are downright comfy and scarves also act as blankets. You can take your scarf and hang it over your shoulders if you’re cold. Sometimes I drape my scarf over my legs if I’m sitting at my desk.

I love knit pieces oy anything with “holey” detailing. And rich colours are my favourite this time of year: forest green, classic red, mustard, and navy.
 
Mittens, a scarf and a warm hat are a great way to cozy up on an outdoor walk for your break. The change of temperature, fresh air, and getting your blood flowing will keep you productive at your desk instead of falling asleep. That’s probably the only caution of bringing hygge to the office: being so cozy you want to nap.

How will you bring Hygge to the Office this Winter?

I hope you have pinned down a few ways to bring hygge to the office this winter that will work for you. What’s your favourite tip? Do you have one to add? Share in the comments below so we can all incorporate more hygge into our lives!
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12 thoughts on “How to Bring Hygge to the Office this Winter”

  1. Hygge in the home is so important all year round, but this list for the fall is great! I love lemon ginger tea and have been drinking that lately at night time. I’ll have to look into the tea advent calendar, that is so fun! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. I love the idea of changing your desktop background as well as the blanket idea! I’m on my feet a lot at work but it will be lovely sitting down and curling up with a blanket on my breaks.

  3. this was such an interesting post to read and something i had never thought about before.. but definitely going to make the effort to light a candle while i work 🙂 thank you for sharing! x

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