Although in many ways, COVID remains present, it seems Summer 2022 is shaping up to be much more open and active than the past two years. For most families, this summer will mark a return to beloved activities like backyard parties, potlucks, playdates and vacations. And with two big dates to celebrate in May – Mother’s Day and Memorial Day – the time seems right to get ready to gather again. But how ready are we to have a “post-COVID” summer?
Recent studies have shown that after all the restrictions of the past two (plus!) years, socializing is more mentally and physically exhausting than it used to be for many of us. We’re lower on social endurance, higher on social anxiety, and frankly, we’re just out of practice at doing things that used to be almost automatic. As Dr. Anne Fishel writes of her recent return to hosting dinners, “I thought: How hard could this be? As it turned out, like trying to walk again when your leg has been casted for two years.”
Does all this awkwardness and anxiety mean we’re doomed to spend another summer avoiding get-togethers and social invitations? Hopefully not! As long as it feels safe for your family to do so, gathering with friends and family is one of life’s great pleasures, and one we’ve all missed too much of in recent years. Here’s how to get back in practice and make the most of this summer’s family time:
In the end, all anyone wants is to make great memories this summer – and no matter where you go or what you do, spending time together will provide plenty of opportunities to do just that. Here’s to a safe, happy, and memorable summer for everyone!
Make your next gathering simple and crowd-pleasing with this Build Your Own Pasta Picnic idea from our friends at GoodCook!
Nothing says summer like ice cream, and nothing says fun like a dance party! Make dessert a group activity with an unexpected twist.
Amidst all the fun of summer gatherings, there are more solemn reasons for some of our backyard barbecues. Use these conversation starters to mark the occasion on Memorial Day.