5 ways to stay cozy during Danish winter

5 ways to stay cozy during Danish winter

We’ve made it through January – probably my least favorite month of the year, in total. It does have its bright spots, but mostly, I’m still feeling the holiday fatigue, we all have to go back to work much sooner than we’d like, and it’s still so dark outside! I basically spend all daylight hours at the office, and it’s not fun.

Now we’re in February, but not much seems to have improved, really – except that it’s getting lighter now in the mornings and we might actually have an hour or so of daylight after we leave work. Incremental progress!

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I always say about winter in Denmark that by January, I’m really ready for spring to come, but there’s another three to four months of winter ahead. And most often, that’s not the nice kind of winter with crispy clear weather, snow, and sunshine. Nope, it’s the kind with snowy rain, slush in the streets, and long grey days where it doesn’t really seem to get light out at all.

But don’t despair! I’ve collected my five favorite ways to stay cozy during the Danish winter!

5 ways to stay cozy during the Danish winter

5 ways to stay cozy during the Danish winter

 

Brew up a cup of your favorite hot beverage

There’s a reason why, when you scroll through Instagram’s #hygge hashtag, you’ll find an abundance of shots of hands holding a mug. Nothing helps with the cold like warming yourself from within. I’m a coffee girl myself, and especially in the long darkness that is the Danish winter, I need more than my normal dose of caffeine to get me through the day. I also love a good tea, or some yummy hot chocolate… If all else fails, make a gløgg, or add a shot of Baileys or rum to your cocoa!

 

Keep your body’s defenses up

Unfortunately, I’m quite prone to get colds. I’m hit at least twice a year, usually in the fall and then again in those early months of the year. So when it gets cold, I try to boost my immune system and keep my body’s defenses up. I try to stock up on vitamins, especially vitamin C, by eating loads of clementines and drinking a ginger shot every morning (I love Irma’s blends, my current favorite is apple-carrot-ginger). I also often drink “hot lemonade” – squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup, add a teaspoon of honey and pour hot water over, as if making tea. One of my favorite winter drinks!

 

5 ways to stay cozy during the Danish winter

 

Stock up on Vitamin D

Sunlight is a rare commodity during winter time in Denmark – most days, I spend all of the daylight hours at the office, getting in before sunrise and only leaving after the sun has already gone down again. This can lead to a vitamin D deficiency and make you tired and a bit melancholic. I remember one time in my teenage years when I actually developed a winter depression. So make sure you get your vitamin D! I usually take supplements, but some people swear on daylight lamps, too. Another alternative is to spend 20 minutes on the tanning bed – but obviously don’t overdo it.

 

Spend some cozy nights in

Sometimes, I feel almost trapped in my own apartment – it’s so cold and dark outside that my motivation to leave my snuggly warm house is a all-time lows. So in order to avoid that “trapped” feeling, spoil yourself with a delicious, home-cooked dinner, open a nice bottle of wine, and cuddle up with a good book or your favorite TV show. I’m currently ready a Bobby Kennedy biography and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and simultaneously binging on New Girl and Vikings (thank God for HBO Nordic and Netflix!). Alternatively, long winter afternoons and evenings are a great opportunity to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. I’ve started teaching myself to play the guitar, and I try to practice three or four times a week. I also do a lot of crossword puzzles. Like, a lot. My mom has to send me new booklets from Germany because there’s no way I could solve one in Danish. Or how about knitting or painting? The possibilities are endless!

 

5 ways to stay cozy during the Danish winter

 

Bundle up and go for a walk

If you’ve taken up knitting (or already know how to do that), knit yourself some comfy socks, a big scarf, and a warm hat and bundle up! Copenhagen is beautiful in the winter – go out there and take a walk, for example by the lakes, across Assistens Kirkegård, or around Amager Fælled. Then reward yourself with a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

 

What’s your favorite way to beat the winter blues? Share your best tips in the comments below!


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8 thoughts on “5 ways to stay cozy during Danish winter”

  • Hi, Laura!
    I’ve been reading your Tales and i enjoy them very much, especially since i’m a food enthuuusiast 🙃 AND in love with Copenhagen. That’s actually why and a bit how i discovered you.
    Anyways, i wanted to tell you that i am bleessed -and a liiiittle bit doomed, for other reasons…- to live in Greece, so sunshine is a close friend of our’s 😊☀️. (Just yesterday i also saw the Danish Cancer Organisation’s sun safety campaign, “Help a Dane”. Did you see it? It’s great work! Funny AND makes you think… Check it out if you want, they’ve made it for quite a few “sunshine destinations”🌟).
    But when it does get gloomy and cold and dark, i sure enjoy three things the most:
    The company of friends at our house, having a great Greek wine and lovely tidbits
    Snuggling on the couch with “my boys”, husband and son, that is, fooling around, enjoying a nice dinner, baking a few muffins, maybe, or just giggle the evening away..!😁 and, if i choose “me time”:
    Taking a looong hot bath, in a girly bath foam with salts and all, and then doing a bit of a home beauté session! Works wonders for the winter blues!
    Of course, as mentioned before, sunshine is here quite often during winter, thank God!🙏🏻
    If i could, i would send you a pic from our balcony just now, lovely sunshine!😊

    So, with love and light rays from the South,
    Have a nice weekend!
    🇩🇰🇬🇷

    • Hi Angela, thanks so much for your comment! Greece is wonderful, I’ve been lucky to travel there a couple of times and would love to go back soon. I’m also quite jealous of the fact that you have a bathtub – a rare commodity in Danish apartments – a hot bubble bath would be amazing in this cold! :)

  • The best way, in my opinion to beat the Danish winter blues is to leave Denmark. Take just a long weekend in February to Southern Europe just for a change of scenery. I prefer southern Spain. The ultra violet lamps are another good solution along with plenty of exercise to keep your spirits high.

    • Ah, a trip to Spain sounds great right now! The farthest south I’ll go in the next couple of months is Northern Germany, though – plus some northbound trips!

  • Great tips! All some that I have brought with me to my new home in Amsterdam. Although I actually quite love winter, the lack of sun still sometimes make me kinda miserable. My favorite way to beat the winter blues is by wrapping myself up in a warm blanket, put on my fluffy socks, light a candle or two, and then read a few pages of my favorite book while drinking a warm cup of tea or coffee (:
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

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