You might be wondering why the name of this blog is Koselig. Great question! While I've been contemplating creating a blog for a while, I couldn't figure out what overarching theme I wanted to uphold. I had tons of ideas forming in my mind of what to write, but I kept coming up empty-handed when it came to choosing a name. It wasn't until I was in a recent session with my therapist (let’s call her Olivia), and we got to talking about how Western culture lacks a lot of empathy, that the wheels in my head began to turn.
There are a plethora of self-help blogs out there (and many of them are wonderful resources), but a key component was still missing. Olivia continued on and mentioned that in some European cultures, the people find ways to get through depression by doing activities that produce a feeling of 'koselig'. This word somewhat translates to the feeling of coziness. It was at that moment that a lightbulb seemed to go off in my head - just like a cartoon character. It struck me and gave me a sense of purpose. I want to provide coziness to people that really need it. And thus, my blog Koselig was born.
Koselig is pronounced “koos-uh-lee” and to Norwegians, it's more than a word - it's a life philosophy. While Winter is really starting to set in here in St. Louis, it brings me into even more a funk than I've already been in since my dad passed away six weeks ago. I feel him so strongly in the sunshine, so I'm dreading the bitter cold months that are to come. The sun has been setting before 5:00, which makes for one unhappy gal. But I have it lucky compared to parts of the world where the sun doesn't rise for months. Can you imagine? You'd think that Norwegians would be an extremely unhappy group of people, but their rate of Winter depression is actually super low. And why is that, you might ask? Because Norwegians put effort into practicing koselig, which is their version of self-love. I think that's pretty damn beautiful, if you ask me.
Here are some ways that you can incorporate koselig into your life:
So, my dears, I hope this post can provide you with some warmth and the feeling of koselig during these chilly months. And my question for you is: What ways do you practice feeling cozy?