Hygge - A Sense Of Coziness

November moves into December and the weather outside is grey, the clouds heavy, regularly letting go of their burden sometimes with spectacular haste and sometimes with gentle softness. In Denmark they have a word Hygge which is a sense of coziness with simple things and being present. With the weather outside keeping warm by a fire chatting and being at peace sounds wonderful. There is a beautiful poem by Wendy Cope that feels like this.

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange.
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave – They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do Just Lately.
The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment.
Its new.
The rest of my day was quite easy.
I did all of my jobs on my list And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you.
I’m glad I exist.

The osteopathic advice for winter – when it is grey and horrible outside find some Hygge its good for the soul and for the body. When it is blue sky with those crisp days get out and exercise in the sunshine although take some vitamin D supplements as the sunshine is not strong enough from about October to April for our skin to generate enough vitamin D. Vitamin D levels have been shown to be important for our immune system (1).

For our more experienced patients getting out when it is cold and wet or snowy is the last thing they may want to do, but for more elderly patients losing fitness over winter can lead to a significant reduction in their health. So go to the shopping centres that are undercover and warmer and have a shopping centre hike! Hempstead valley or Bluewater are two such places. Leave the bags at home and have a hike.

Sitting exercises can also be beneficial, get up from sitting without using your hands having the feeling of pushing the floor away with your feet do 10 repetitions leave a minute and then do three sets. Leave it 20 to thirty minutes then do it again and dependent on your fitness start with three sets and increase as your legs feel fit.

So keep moving and from the Rainham Osteopathic clinic we send you wishes of contentment and peace – hygge everywhere!

1.J Investig Med. 2011 Aug; 59(6): 881–886. doi: 10.231/JIM.0b013e31821b8755
PMCID: PMC3166406 NIHMSID: NIHMS291217 PMID: 21527855
Vitamin D and the Immune System Cynthia Aranow, MD,

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Hygge - A Sense Of Coziness

Hygge

November moves into December and the weather outside is grey, the clouds heavy, regularly letting go of their burden sometimes with spectacular haste and sometimes with gentle softness. In Denmark they have a word Hygge which is a sense of coziness with simple things and being present. With the weather outside keeping warm by a fire chatting and being at peace sounds wonderful. There is a beautiful poem by Wendy Cope that feels like this.

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange.
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave – They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do Just Lately.
The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment.
Its new.
The rest of my day was quite easy.
I did all of my jobs on my list And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you.
I’m glad I exist.

The osteopathic advice for winter – when it is grey and horrible outside find some Hygge its good for the soul and for the body. When it is blue sky with those crisp days get out and exercise in the sunshine although take some vitamin D supplements as the sunshine is not strong enough from about October to April for our skin to generate enough vitamin D. Vitamin D levels have been shown to be important for our immune system (1).

For our more experienced patients getting out when it is cold and wet or snowy is the last thing they may want to do, but for more elderly patients losing fitness over winter can lead to a significant reduction in their health. So go to the shopping centres that are undercover and warmer and have a shopping centre hike! Hempstead valley or Bluewater are two such places. Leave the bags at home and have a hike.

Sitting exercises can also be beneficial, get up from sitting without using your hands having the feeling of pushing the floor away with your feet do 10 repetitions leave a minute and then do three sets. Leave it 20 to thirty minutes then do it again and dependent on your fitness start with three sets and increase as your legs feel fit.

So keep moving and from the Rainham Osteopathic clinic we send you wishes of contentment and peace – hygge everywhere!

1.J Investig Med. 2011 Aug; 59(6): 881–886. doi: 10.231/JIM.0b013e31821b8755
PMCID: PMC3166406 NIHMSID: NIHMS291217 PMID: 21527855
Vitamin D and the Immune System Cynthia Aranow, MD,

Thank you for read our article on “Hygge – A Sense Of Coziness” we hope you enjoyed it.

Please feel free to contact a member of our team for more advise. You can also keep up to date with us via our Facebook page.