happy hi­ber­nat­ing

Woman (UK) - - Health Report -

Be­ing cold out­side does have its ad­van­tages – it’s the per­fect ex­cuse to crank up the cosi­ness in­side. Say hello (or should we say halò) to Còsagach – the Gaelic ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Dan­ish trend for Hygge. Còsagach is based on an old Scot­tish word for feel­ing snug, shel­tered and warm – think curl­ing up by a roar­ing fire with a good book – that’s meant to evoke feel­ings of con­tent­ment and well­be­ing. And ac­cord­ing to re­searcher Kari Lei­bowitz from Stan­ford Univer­sity, it may even help stave off Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der (SAD). The idea is to re­frame win­ter. In­stead of think­ing of the sea­son as back-to-back months of dreary, dark days, think of win­ter as ‘some­thing to be en­joyed, not some­thing to be en­dured,’ says Kari. That change in mind­set can make a pretty marked dif­fer­ence to our men­tal health.

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