Make the Most of 2018 with Còsagach, the New Hygge Trend
Two things are inevitable in the month of January: New Year’s resolutions and, depending on your latitude, cold temperatures. This year, why not make a unique resolution you can actually stick to—and one that will help you brave the cold winter to boot? Enter còsagach, a Scottish way of life many are saying is the new hygge trend of 2018.
You’re probably wondering what hygge and còsagach mean, let alone how to pronounce them. Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah,” is a Scandinavian word denoting coziness, well-being and healthy sociability commonly associated with winter weather. Think curling up with a blanket and a book, gathering with loved ones by the fire or sipping hot chocolate indoors on a snowy day. According to Google Trends, searches for “hygge” began rising rapidly in late 2016 and peaked again in December of 2017.
In a move to promote tourism to the country, VisitScotland.com is calling còsagach the new hygge for 2018. Còsagach, a Scottish Gaelic word pronounced “kaw-sa-gough,” roughly translates to feeling snug, sheltered and warm. “In the winter when the storms rage and the waves crash against the rocks, there is nothing more satisfying than being curled up in front of the fire, book and hot toddy in hand, listening to the weather outside,” the website proclaims.
As temperatures outside continue to drop and your hygge books collect more and more dust, make it your 2018 resolution to get your còsagach on. Here are five simple and enjoyable ways celebrate the còsagach trend.
1. Sip on warm beverages
There’s nothing more còsagach than enjoying a hot beverage indoors on a cold day. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are great go-tos, but if you’re in the mood for something different, heat up one of these alternatives:
• Hot vanilla – 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. Add cinnamon and/or nutmeg for some kick.
• Hot toddy – A classic hot alcoholic beverage also believed to help fight a cold. Epicurious has a great hot toddy recipe.
• Mexican hot chocolate – Incorporates cinnamon and chili pepper to turn up the heat.
• Mulled wine – Ina Garten’s recipe comes highly recommended.
• Red wine hot cocoa – Yes, you read that correctly! You can even make it in a crock pot.
There are hundreds more hot beverages out there from all over the world—don’t hesitate to search the web for what best suits your fancy.
2. Visit your local watering hole
The còsagach lifestyle emphasizes being indoors, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave your house. It’s important for your physical and mental well-being to venture out and socialize in a friendly atmosphere, even in the dead of winter. Weather-permitting, make it a point to visit a local pub, restaurant or coffee shop to unwind and get a change of scenery. Opt for small, intimate spots and avoid large, crowded, loud establishments that go against the spirit of còsagach.
3. Surround yourself with nature
It’s always nice to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some beautiful scenery, whether it involves the sizzling sun or a winter wonderland. Plan a trip to a cozy cabin, mountain lodge or any winter accommodations that will bring you calm and serenity. Bring a book and your fuzziest socks for utmost còsagach experience.
4. Curl up in plenty of blankets
Being wrapped up in your favorite blanket is practically the definition of coziness. If you don’t have a favorite blanket, get one! Materials like flannel, fleece, cashmere and wool make for the warmest, comfiest blankets. Research has also shown that heavy blankets can help with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
5. Wind down and recharge
Many individuals find winter too gloomy to be enjoyable, dreading how much time they’re forced to stay indoors. In reality, the extra time spent at home provides a great opportunity to relax and recharge. Take the time to read a book, binge watch some TV shows, pamper yourself or do whatever you find relaxing and restorative.
Practice còsagach in a furnished apartment
Getting cozy requires cozy accommodations. Furnished Quarters’ temporary furnished apartments, providing fully equipped kitchens and a home-away-from-home experience, are the ideal setting for embracing the còsagach trend this winter. Search our furnished apartments and get comfy.