How Older Adults Can Embrace Hygge During Chicago Winters

Apr 16, 2024

As the days get darker and winter begins its chilly arrival, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stay warm, comfortable and happy. One popular method is practicing hygge (pronounced “hooga”), a Danish concept that embodies coziness, contentment, and a sense of well-being. It involves creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, enjoying simple pleasures, and cultivating feelings of comfort and connection.

For single older adults, especially during the winter months, adopting the principles of hygge can be exceptionally rewarding. The emphasis on warmth, comfort, and shared experiences becomes a source of solace and delight.

Embracing hygge can empower you to craft cozy, inviting spaces; indulge in fulfilling activities; and cultivate a sense of connection with yourself, fostering emotional well-being and a positive mindset throughout the colder season.

What Are the Benefits of Hygge?

There are many benefits of hygge, and they can affect different aspects of your well-being. Take a look at the following ways that hygge can add value to your everyday life: 

1.    Improved Well-Being

Embracing hygge is associated with enhanced well-being. Creating cozy and comfortable environments positively impacts mental health, reducing stress and promoting a sense of contentment.

2.    Strengthened Social Connections

Hygge emphasizes the importance of meaningful social connections. Spending quality time with friends and family can instill a sense of belonging and increase quality of life

3.    Stress Reduction

The mindful and relaxed atmosphere encouraged by hygge contributes to stress reduction. According to the Mayo Clinic, reduction in stress can improve:

  • High blood pressure conditions
  • Self-control and focus
  • Relationships

These benefits underscore the holistic impact of hygge on well-being, social connections, stress levels, and overall life satisfaction, making it a valuable philosophy for cultivating a fulfilling and joyful life.

How Can You Embrace Hygge at The Admiral?

At The Admiral at the Lake, the array of amenities serves as the perfect canvas for residents to infuse their lives with the cozy and contented essence of hygge.

Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi

Dive into a world of relaxation at the heated indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. These aquatic retreats provide residents with a serene space to unwind, encouraging a sense of calm and well-being, essential elements of hygge.

Fitness and Wellness Centers

The state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centers offer a holistic approach to health. Residents can embrace hygge by incorporating gentle exercises, yoga, or meditation, creating a warm and invigorating routine for physical and mental well-being.

Library and Movie Theater

Cozy up with a good book in the library or immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of the movie theater. These spaces allow residents to indulge in the simple pleasures of literature and film, fostering a sense of comfort and escapism – key components of hygge.

Creative Arts Studio and Gathering Room

Unleash your creativity in the arts studio or enjoy musical performances in our Gathering Room. Engaging in artistic pursuits and savoring live music contribute to a hygge-inspired environment, promoting self-expression and shared cultural experiences.

Beauty Salon

The beauty salon offers a space for pampering and self-care, aligning with hygge’s emphasis on personal well-being.

Woodworking Shop

The woodworking shop offers a hands-on and fulfilling activity, allowing residents to create meaningful projects.

Lifelong Learning at The Admiral

Discover the joy of continual self-improvement at The Admiral at the Lake through Lifelong Learning. Engage in intellectually stimulating activities, from curated classes to vibrant discussions, fostering personal growth and a fulfilling life journey.

Embracing the principles of hygge, the community invites residents to explore new interests, share knowledge, and cultivate a vibrant and enriched mindset.

At The Admiral at the Lake, every amenity is thoughtfully designed to create an environment where residents can embrace hygge, finding comfort, joy, and a deep sense of community in their daily lives.

Lead an Engaging and Comfortable Lifestyle at The Admiral

When you’re living at The Admiral, the winter months needn’t be so bleak. Call us at 866-885-2306 to schedule a tour to see all our activities and programs for yourself.