Spending more time at home? Instead of scrolling through social media for hours on end and binge-watching the latest drama while your free hand takes refuge in a family-sized chip bag, take a deep breath, move your body, and expand your mind.
Move your body and free your mind. YouTube channels like Yoga With Adriene will walk you through poses while you follow along from the comfort of home.
Strong body, strong mind. Stretch, hold, breathe and repeat, all from the comfort of your living room… or bedroom or kitchen! Create your own routine or follow along with convenient YouTube sessions. Complete beginners and yogi masters alike can find a video that suits their needs. Not only does yoga strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility, it’s an excellent form of practicing mindfulness, encouraging awareness and mitigating stress.
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Now’s the perfect time to pick up that inspiring autobiography you didn’t quite finish (ahem or start) or finally discover for yourself who did it and why. It was Shaggy after all?! So find a quiet, cozy nook and settle in. Reading is not only a form of entertainment and a welcome break from reality, it’s also a surefire way to improve your vocabulary and discover a variety of viewpoints. Perhaps you don’t have a new book on hand. Rereading stories allows you to pick up on details you didn’t notice before, and appreciate the writing in new ways after experiencing your own personal growth. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with comics or picture books.
Online articles, stories and blog posts are great too! Whether you’re into architecture and design, food, tech + gadgets, trendy stuff, or art, there’s something out there for just about everyone.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Yes you are more than welcome to enjoy what ever shows and movies you want, so you might as well introduce some educational content to the mix. Documentaries are an excellent source of new information and different perspectives. You can delve deeper into subjects you’re already interested in, or start learning something entirely new. Can’t do without drama? There are a lot of controversial topics out there that will surely spark some friendly debate at the dinner table. As always, keep an open mind and consider all sides of an argument. We’re not trying to start WWIII with unsuspecting roommates or innocent family members while stuck at home.
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Rachael Ray’s easy peasy Black Bean and Corn Salad.
No more excuses. Today’s the day! Pick up that dusty cook book or hit up Pinterest for some inspiration. There are plenty of quick and easy recipes out there, so no need to feel overwhelmed. Just turn on some music and dance around the kitchen while preparing your meal. At the very least enjoy yourself! Not only can home cooking be healthier—you know exactly what’s going in that pot of chili—it’s also an excellent way to save money. Support your local restaurants by ordering to-go meals, and support your bank account by cooking at home as well. It’s all about that balance. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few simple, tasty recipes to get you going: easy fried rice, spaghetti pomodoro, and black bean and corn salad.
Artist Dan Knepper’s “A Slice of Thiebauld To Go” watercolor painting.
Whip out those markers, paints, crayons or even clay! Embrace your creative side and just let loose. Who knows, you might end up creating your new favorite apartment wall art or find yourself featured in a hip, modern gallery. At the very least you’ll utilize a part of your brain that may lay dormant all too often, and give your strained eyeballs a break from the ever-present assortment of glowing screens. Have someone to get artsy with? Take turns making additions to a single piece for a truly collaborative effort.
Play Games and Assemble Puzzles
Perhaps you own games and puzzles that have been cooped up with that dusty cookbook and autobiography you just rediscovered. Clear the table because Monopoly is back in business! Instead of playing yourself in chess (which you can definitely do online) start putting the pieces of your life back together… or at least make some progress on an actual puzzle. Pro tip: Start by separating out all the pieces with straight edges and get the boarder in place first. Then separate the remaining pieces by color. You’re welcome.
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