I’ve just been reading an article on the BBC website about the Danish concept of Hygge, and it struck me that it’s just what every fertility patient needs as these last sunny days gradually fade away and we face the chillier weather ahead. It may seem rather gloomy to be talking about cold weather on what, here in London at least, is a gloriously warm October day, but thinking about Hygge makes me almost, yes almost, look forward to what lies ahead.
So what is it? Well, Hygge is often translated as “cosiness” and the BBC website sums it up with a vision of sitting by a fire on a cold night in a woolly jumper drinking mulled wine and stroking a dog surrounded by candles. I know some of you might prefer to leave out the mulled wine, but you get the general picture. Apparently it’s about being kind to yourself, about having a nice time, about feeling cosy…
I think that anyone going through fertility treatment could do with a dose of that. There’s so much advice now about denying yourself things when you’re going through IVF – don’t eat this, don’t drink that – but being balanced and kind to yourself will probably have a far more beneficial effect, and it seems that the Danes are one of the world’s happiest nations.
So maybe it’s time to snuggle up with a cinnamon roll and a good book, have a warm bath by candlelight and get out your woolly jumpers. You can read all about it on the BBC website here