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Embracing the New Year with Hygge

The hygge beauty of a mid-winter moon
Hygge for a less bleak mid-winter…

I’ve never been a fan of the traditional full-on health regime that follows New Year’s Eve and advocate sensible hygge instead for several reasons….

It’s a big shock to the system

After four weeks of carbing-out in the run-up to the Christmas break, followed by a week of lying about digesting further food and drink over the holiday, our bodies and brains are basically not ready to hit the ground running.  The reason that the Kneader massage tool sells so well in January is the wave of very sore (and sometimes injured) muscles that inevitably follows New Year fitness resolutions.  Of course, I’m all for selling more Kneaders(!), but Kneads Must would rather massage be a regular and pleasurable experience rather than just a knee-jerk response to physical discomfort.

Who wants to exercise when it’s cold and wet?

If you live in or around western Europe like I do, chances are the month of January is going to be dark and dismal weatherwise.  Getting back to fitness is hard enough without adding in the possibility of slipping or dripping into the mix. End of.

The old and mouldy sausage of “too little, too late”

Three weeks of intensive diet, exercise and/or wellbeing tasks are not going to instantly undo a year’s worth of a sedentary lifestyle. Chances are that it will just exhaust body and mind, sending you whimpering back under the duvet soon enough. Sorry, but the truth hurts a lot less than a pulled muscle or caffeine/sugar withdrawal.

Hygge for a simpler and enjoyable wellness path

If you follow me and/or the Kneader (and you should!), then you’ll know I’m a fan of the concept of ‘hygge’ and such other Nordic philosophies of wellbeing.  The core is all about mindfulness and life balance that places as much importance on enjoying a cup of coffee with a sweet treat as it does a walk with friends in the great outdoors. It promotes enjoying who you are and the life you lead now , creating a healthier balance against the goals you hope to achieve. Hailing from colder, northern climes, it also makes the season of winter a major player, whilst the rest of us often see it as a temporary waiting room until warmer weather returns with our real lives.  Embracing winter and its slower pace with love and respect can help the bad habits of boredom abate.  Here is a link to a collage I made and posted on the Kneads Must socials and other lifestyle sites recently –  a Nordic philosophy sampler   It’s just a start re all things hygge, which will hopefully kindle an interest in getting the balance right, especially in the hopeful quiet of this New Year. Happy massaging!