It's cold, but then again, it is winter, but this weather always makes me want to stay indoors and coorie in. If you're not Scottish, coorie in means snuggle in. Imagine being in your cosy living room at home, in your jammies, reading a book with your candle lit and snuggling under a blanket, a hot mug of tea or coffee, or if you're like me, a glass of wine whilst you relax. Sounds like bliss doesn't it!
It's reminiscent of Hygge, the cosy contentment of creating a warm interior, enjoying the simple things in life.
So how can you create this feeling yourself? Here's some suggestions:
1. Light a candle.
This is obviously my favourite thing to do, but I'm biased. Seriously though, sitting relaxing with your family or friends and lighting a candle brings an immediate feeling of warmth to your room and the atmosphere. This is one of the reasons I love wood wicks so much, the flame and the crackle, it's so soothing. And of course the scent. Having your favourite scent drifting through the room invokes warmth, cosiness, and memories, whether it takes you back to a favourite time, or starts the seeds of memory in your mind for the future.
My top scents for this are from my Elemental and Scottish Collections. Fire, a masculine, smoky oak, incense and ebony scent mix with an aromatic rich sweet tobacco, warm spices and a hint of cognac; Earth, a masculine, earthy, musky scent with top notes of leather, tobacco, amber and musk, with a spicy mixture of black tea and pepper and base notes of aged teakwood, patchouli and sandalwood; Bramble, fruity with a floral and musky undertone; Shortbread, buttery and with a subtle hint of vanilla, this has got a lovely hint of powdery sugar; Whisky, a chocolatey, peaty whisky fragrance with the sweetness of vanilla
I asked my Facebook page which warming scent to burn in this weather and every answer was different, cosiness and scent are completely unique to each person.
2. Go for a long walk.
Go outside in the cold, are you mad!?! Possibly, but think about it. What's better than getting wrapped up in your warm jacket, bobble hat, scarf and gloves and going for a walk with your dogs or family. You get to appreciate the beauty of nature (as long as it's not pouring down) with frost twinkling on trees and bushes, get some healthy exercise and best of all, get home and coorie in! How fantastic is it to snuggle when you've been out in the cold!
3. Read a good book.
This isn't for everyone, not everyone loves reading, but if you do, immersing yourself into another world, escaping real life for a short while and being cosy while you do it helps you to relax and is so important for your mental health.
4. Meet up with friends and family.
When I think back to some of my favourite memories, they've been with friends and family. Years ago my husband and I went away for a few days to Bowness on Windermere and I got to do all of the above, as well as finding a really cosy pub with a roaring log fire. Relaxing and cuddling into my husband on one of those huge couches that almost swallow you, chatting, and people watching, with the warmth of the fire and a nice pint of local real ale, that memory means coorie in to me.
These are just some suggestions from me on how to coorie in. I'd love to hear yours, so please comment with your favourite.