In a recent article about how we are all coping in the pandemic, the author brought up the concept of ambiguous loss. This is often defined as a loss that is complicated and with...
Whenever I'm in a funk, I head for the forest. Forest bathing, or what the Japanese call shinrin yoku is the practice of simply being among the trees. Benefits include increased immunity, lowered stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and increased energy and vitality. But, most importantly, it changes the scenery, which sometimes is the best self-care of all. When my babies were little, just going outside changed the mood so quickly, with new smells and sights and stimulation. I could ward off a tantrum even on the streets of Cambridge.
There is often this odd hour or two after dinner, where it's too late to start some sort of messy project but too early to start the bathtime and bedtime routines. It’s often an inflection point for the parents at that time as well, after they've devoted so much blood, sweat, and tears during the day. You may not actually be up for a third round of Candy Land or cards. But, food is the great equalizer — it gives us something to do, too, so it makes sense this might happen.
Now, we hike often as a family. Family hikes are a fabulous way to communicate with our kids about important things in an emotionally safe way. But most importantly, hiking has been a way for us to bond and have fun and be physically active together in the midst of the daily distractions and chaos and carpools.
I know this sounds silly. Because Gary Chapman's bestselling book, 'The Five Love Languages,' has been around for nearly 25 years. But I never knew what the love languages were until very recently when I stumbled upon an online 'love language' quiz. It was a major game changer.
I deserve to take myself out on a date once in a while, and so do you! Here are 20 creative date ideas to maximize your fun or relaxation, depending on your goals.