Holidays, Hygge and High Blood Sugar

December 20, 2017

By Collette DeCruz

During this time of year people are rushing to get everything done and feeling overwhelmed.  You add a medication / dietary regimen that most people with diabetes are dealing with and you have the perfect storm for holiday anxiety and diabetes burnout. Bearing that in mind, I was recently introduced to the Scandinavian concept of “Hygge.”

According to Wikipedia, Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.

Sounds like the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle and bustle blues. Is it a way to bring back the joys and comfort of the holidays? Can something as simple as cuddling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, perfect lighting and a good book going to give you the feeling of wellness and contentment?

I thought I’d give it a try. This weekend I was worried about getting out my decorations, filling stockings and finding the perfect “white elephant” gift for our work party when I just stopped. I made myself a cup of cinnamon tea, curled up with my favorite blankie, lit a candle and let myself think about the things I really enjoy during this time of year,  and ignoring the big box of lights in my living room that was meant to be on the outside of my house by now!

You know what? It worked. I somehow felt lighter, not so overwhelmed. It didn’t take a lot of time. And, the lights will get up someday.

So, when things start to get too busy and you feel like you’ll never get everything done, give yourself a few moments to feel the coziness, or the hygge of the season.

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The author is a diabetes educator.

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