When you think about what a hygge home has in it, you probably are thinking of candles, comfortable seating, fluffy pillows and cozy blankets. But, the concept of hygge can be felt by all of our senses, not just touch and sight. Sounds and scents are just as important when trying to achieve a hygge-inspired space that helps you relax and unwind.
Sound plays a very big role in our everyday lives, even though we may not realize it. We are constantly inundated with sounds, to the point where we’ve adapted to be able to block most of them out. The sounds that surround us daily though, have a physiological effect on us- they can affect our heart rate, breathing and hormone secretions. Since we know that sounds are such a big part of how we feel, it makes sense to manipulate the sounds around us to ensure relaxation and calmness within the day. Studies suggest that some of the most relaxing sounds to us are the sounds of nature. Sounds like ocean waves crashing on the beach, raindrops, a babbling brook and even thunderstorms are natural sounds that aid in relaxation. To make this possible in your hygge space at home, you could use a nature noise machine or even use your phone or tablet to listen to sounds of nature app. When you curl up with your favorite book, under your cozy blanket, be sure to use some relaxing sounds to further your feeling of hygge.
Scent is another sense that shouldn’t go unattended to when developing your hygge space. One way to incorporate scent into your daily relaxation routine is with essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils have become very popular in recent years because of their power to make people feel good. Studies have shown that aromatherapy has the ability to help relieve stress and aid in a better night’s sleep. Lavender, peppermint and cinnamon are some of the most used scents for calming and reduction of anxiety. These can be put to use in your home with specifically scented candles or essential oil diffusers. You can even put a few drops of oil on your pillows or blankets, so that when you use them, you are immediately feeling more tranquil and relaxed.
When setting up your hygge centered space, do not neglect your senses of sound or scent. Strategically thought out sounds and scents that help promote relaxation, calmness and happiness are vital pieces of your hygge home atmosphere.