As the pandemic continues to restrict many of the places you are able or inclined to go, finding ways to stay active is important for keeping the body and mind healthy and happy. Here are some ideas for new hobbies to try.
A husband at the office, a wife at home, one house, two cars, and 2.5 kids: for decades, this image defined the ideal family. While it is still a viable option, recent decades have brought us many exciting options. Today, two parents who work outside the home must navigate both a successful career and the development of well-balanced children. Can it be done? One Buffalo family answers, “Yes!”
2020 was an understatedly difficult year, and many of us were not sorry to see it go. The pandemic changed the way we work, the way we spend our leisure time, the way we connect with our loved ones and much more. While the majority will likely be happy to leave those changes behind, there are at least a handful of new habits worth holding on to.
I don’t know about you, but I think I am suffering from 2020 PTSD. I find myself searching for masks so I can put my children on their bus, bathing in sanitizer as I enter the office (counting my employment blessings), and looking over my shoulder at every loud noise for that wave of Japanese murder hornets! As 2020 comes to a close, I hold my breath, hoping the holiday season will be a little more Tiny Tim and a little less Freddy Kruger.
New health and safety measures in place, including timed ticketing and online auctions, to bring the holidays back to the museum. The George Eastman Museum plans to bring its annual Sweet Creations gingerbread display back for 2020. The exquisite show of more than 40 cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread creations will open to the public on November 6 and will remain on view through December 13.
We’re in the day and age where everything is digital and automated. Correspondence and speaking to someone face-to-face (or as close as you can get through the screen) is only a click away, and it feels almost redundant to say sending letters and postcards is a dying art.
It’s never too early to start reading to your young ones! Even reading to a child in the womb has proven to not only relax them, but promote early language learning in regards to stimulation and brain development as well. Babies are fond of the sound of their parents’ voices, even if they don’t understand the words!
Our usual summer activities may have hit a snag this year, but that hasn’t stopped our local libraries. Like many, the Greece Public Library has had to adapt to changes, though they have continued to promote reading and family time with their Summer 2020 Reading Program and craft projects. Reading is crucial at any age, and the library offers a great deal of resources for everyone in the family.
I’ve found that the moments I most enjoy usually take place during a time I’m feeling physically well. I'm healthy, well nourished, refreshed, and riding on a full tank!
However, in the fast-paced society we live in with the types of “convenience foods” that are readily available, I’ve had to dedicate some serious effort to home routines and lifestyle. This keeps not only myself but my entire household healthy so we can feel good more often than not.