It’s about to get real. Real talk or “deep talk”--as Jessica Pan refers to in her recent novel, Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come--is a staple of Danish and Hygge culture. All the pleasantries are nice, but you usually don’t need to talk about the weather and everyone in the family is doing fine. We are all about getting real and slowing it way down at Hygge Savannah. In the spirit of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, there’s no better time to dive right in.
Lucky for you, you’re talking to a veteran. As a lifelong sufferer of clinical anxiety and depression, I’ve learned up, down, backwards and forwards, what not to do. For most of my life, I fought the demons inside me and they responded by pushing back even harder. Now, I’m happily medicated, a yoga/meditation pro, and I have been known to use my mental health as a party anecdote (as in, I have no shame). I am by no means saying that any of this will solve it, nor am I saying that what works for me will work for you, but I am starting to feel like anxiety is in style again (shout out to 2020). Our front-line workers are burnt out, racism has got to take a hike, and we’re constantly digitally connected. No wonder we’re anxious and exhausted.
Hygge, the shop and the concept, is an emblem of taking it slow, appreciating the good things in life and getting back to the core of the matter, so we can stop ourselves in our own tracks when we start to spiral. Even if you have no idea what we’re talking about, the month of May will be all about adding tools to your toolkit. When life smacks you across the face, as it often does, you’ll be ready because you spent time building up your foundation of resiliency.
We’ll be bringing you more resources over the course of this month, and we welcome any suggestions of things you’d like to hear more about (using the comments box below). For now, the shop offers a wide variety of teas, candles and plants. Pick up a pocket zine with sweet little reminders for when you need to check in with yourself, spend time grounding, all the way through navigating the big things like, when your brain tells you lies or you’re moving through some uncertainty.
Aside from that, here are some recent favorites:
- A tremendously long list of ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day.
- Check out the Headspace app. We are personal fans of the "sleepcast", which is essentially like someone reading you a bedtime story (Cabin Porch, Northwest Rainforest, and Sleeper Mountain, to name a few).
- Donate to your favorite charity, even if it’s $5. Research shows that every time we donate to a good cause, we activate the pleasure centers of our brains. Hint: It’s national nurses week this week so you could donate in honor of a nurse friend, or someone who’s taken care of a family member this past year.
- Write your own permission slips. Here’s some ideas to get started and you can print the permission slip below to fill in yourself at home for some extra accountability!
- 20-minute nap
- Read for an hour
- Five hour tech break
- Say no to something you don’t want to do
- Say what you really mean
- Take a walk outside