Hygge, The Journal

Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

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Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

Books are great tools for learning about mental health, and reading is scientifically proven to increase our level of empathy towards one another. It gives us a window into the lives of others. Hygge Savannah is taking time to acknowledge May as mental health awareness month.

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Artist Feature: Ana Maria Leonardi, Mother's Day Edition

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Artist Feature: Ana Maria Leonardi, Mother's Day Edition

Our “shop mom”, Ana Maria Leonardi, keeps so many things going behind the scenes at Hygge Savannah. Inspiration from her is hidden in plain sight throughout the shop, whether you’ve noticed or not. We asked Mama Leonardi a few questions before this mother’s day about her creative process, what she does for her mental wellbeing and of course, motherhood. She answered in her native language, Spanish, and so we kept the integrity of her answers here, with loose translations to English.

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Thoughts From A Bed: Mental Health Awareness

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Thoughts From A Bed: Mental Health Awareness

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. 

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Composting: An Ode to Earth Day

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Composting: An Ode to Earth Day

“It’s just not my thing.”  Look, I get it. We have a lot to do in the short time we’re on Earth.  But you might consider the harmful chemicals that seep into our water supply and the soil where our food grows.  And hoping for a one-way ticket to Mars one day won’t solve the problem.  Just like we wear our seatbelt in case of an accident, or incorporate more vegetables into our diet, composting is one more thing you can do to care for the health of your family and yourself.


As with anything, getting started is the hardest part.  There’s lots of resources out there about starting and maintaining compost piles.  Personally, it wasn’t until a good friend had her own simple system in our small, fenced in yard of our condo complex that I took the leap.  Sometimes all we need to know is the simplest, fastest way to put something into action.

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What is Hygge?

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What is Hygge?

Lets address the elephant in the room right out of the gate: how do you pronounce it?!  If you've ever been caught saying higgy (like my sister, recently) or hiyga, youre not alone.  We understand that this is not part of the English language, and Google is sometimes too far out of reach, so lets settle it once and for all.

Hoo-gah or Hue-gah” 

 

Both will get the job done!  For those who arent familiar, the term is, in fact, Danish, originating from the country, Denmark.  And yes, I did feel like I needed to say that.  Norwegians know a bit about this concept too, but its more ingrained in Danish culture.

Imagine candles, wool blankets, fuzzy socks, puzzles, hot cocoa, fireplaces and a book.  Are you thinking of quarantine 2020?  Its actually not too far off from what weve all been forced to do this past year.  Focus on spending quality time with our family, at home, doing activities that we otherwise are too busy for. 

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