Posted 19th Oct 2016
With Hygge dominating the headlines and people all over the country buying candles, blankets and woolly socks in a bid to add a little Hygge into their lives as we plunge into the darkness of winter, Forest Holidays take a look at five adorable animals beating the blues this winter and what we can learn from them
"Squirrels are homeotherms which means that unlike some mammals, their body temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year", says Gerry O’Brien, Forest Ranger at Forest Holidays. So, although they don’t hibernate, squirrels spend less time outside foraging in the winter and more time in their den sharing with several squirrels. Spending time with friends and family is at the heart of Hygge. So what are you waiting for, call your friends and get the hot chocolates on the go!
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Hygge is about feeling calm and your home décor plays a big part in this and natural materials like wood are extremely important to achieving the feeling of cosiness. “In the winter, badgers will clean out the sett and fill their nesting chamber with fresh bedding, even filling the entrance of their tunnels with twigs and leaves to cut down on draughts”, said O’Brien.
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Many Danes say that Hygge is not meant to be translated, but is meant to be felt. Mindfulness therefore plays a pivotal role in truly embracing this lifestyle, particularly during the winter months when the days are short and the nights are dark. Each autumn wood mice will store seeds and nuts in their underground nests for the winter. Omega-3 fatty acids have been praised for a wealth of health benefits and have been suggested to positively impact one’s mood. Learn from these cute critters and carry seeds around with you to beat the winter blues!
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As we learn more about the Danish way of the life, it’s hardly surprising that Danes are amongst the happiest people in the world. But perhaps this is because Danes don’t believe in denying themselves anything and there’s not much yo-yo dieting in Denmark. Instead, people are kind to themselves and this, in turn, makes them happier. Why not learn from these adorable hedgehogs who build up their fat stores in order to survive the winter. We’re sold, pass us the chocolate!
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Hygge is also about being connected to your own sense of wellbeing and so being happy is extremely important. Each autumn dormice eat lots of berries to build up fat stores for winter. To beat those winter blues, make sure to eat plenty of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries which are said to help prevent the release of cortisol, a hormone which is released under stress.
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