Some time back, I decided that rather than simply inform those who follow my work of information about Narcissistic Personality Disorder & ways to cope, I wanted to branch out a bit into ways to add more joy to their lives. Today’s post is about that very topic.
A few years ago, I learned of hygge. It is a Danish word used to describe a lifestyle of coziness, contentment & comfort. I haven’t done as much as I would like to with what I have learned about this concept but I’m working on it. I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned with you today.
In order to create a hygge lifestyle, I think it’s wise to start by examining your life. What activities can be cut back on, eliminated or done more efficiently to give you more free time? It may help to give you a clearer picture to write out what you do. Consider these things & eliminate what you can that isn’t productive or that doesn’t add joy & value to your life. If some things can’t be eliminated then consider how you can reduce your obligation to or time spent on these things. The more free time you have, the more time you can devote to the things that bring you the most joy in life such as your hobbies & people you love.
Another aspect of creating the comfortable hygge life is examining the relationships in your life. Most everyone has people in their life in certain mental boxes. There are the people closest to you such as your spouse, children, & closest friends & relatives. Slightly further out are people you still care for but not as much as those closest to you. There also may be people further out such as co-workers & acquaintances. The farthest out should be the toxic people. Consider all of these relationships. What relationships are worth focusing your time on? Which are the most healthy, loving & even fun?
When it comes to relationships, I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity. Better to have three awesome people in life than seventy iffy people. Keeping only the best relationships means you have more time & energy to focus on those wonderful people who deserve your best. It may be awkward & even hard to do, but eliminating the bad relationships & focusing on the good relationships is a wise move that adds joy to your life.
What is your home like? Your home should be your sanctuary. Make your home that way! I don’t care if your home is a studio apartment or a huge mansion, it can be made into a comfortable safe haven on any budget. Decluttering is an excellent place to start turning your home into that haven because clutter is a known cause of anxiety. Also the less stuff you have, the less you have to clean & maintain. Keep only the things that are useful & that bring you joy. Decluttering doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start with one drawer, then move to another, then a shelf, then a closet. Add things to dispose of to either a trash bag, box to donate to charity or give to friends & loved ones. Get rid of the boxes & bags as they fill up. If you wonder what is worth keeping & what isn’t, ask yourself some questions: if you had to move tomorrow, would this item be worth moving? Does this item add joy or usefulness to my life?
Keeping your home clean & organized will reduce anxiety. A little work each day can maintain a clean, organized home with minimal effort.
Invest in small changes such as a new paint color or cozy sheets on your bed. These changes won’t require much of a financial investment but can make your home feel more inviting & comfortable. They even can make it feel like a very different place.
If you lack ideas for changing your home, look at homes in all different styles. Something will appeal to you, & once that happens, inspiration won’t be far behind! I love Victorian era homes, & although my home isn’t completely Victorian, I have enough of that influence to make it into a comfortable, cozy sanctuary.
Also, be sure to place pictures that are important to you around your home. Whether those pictures are of important people in your life, pets, pictures you have taken or artwork isn’t important. Display those pictures to add to the cozy feel of your home.
Creating a hygge lifestyle may not be the most important step in enjoying life after narcissistic abuse, but it sure does help. Why not give it a try?