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25 Activities to Make Staying at Home Easier During the Pandemic

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11. Use science kits

You might remember creating your own erupting Mount Vesuvius when you were a child through materials found around the house. You can revisit the wonder of discovery with your kids and pass the time with science kits or experiments.

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12. Exercise

The gym and local parks might be closed, but you can make the most of your time at home by starting an exercise regimen. You don’t need much space to do squats, situps, pushups, stretches, or lift dumbbells. There are a trove of YouTube videos to choose from. Going outside for a walk is allowed. Make the most of the opportunity — here are 30 reasons why walking is the best exercise.

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13. Stop reading coronavirus-related news

It’s important to moderate your consumption of news and social media posts related to the pandemic because the news has been relentlessly grim. Experts suggest turning off electronic media at least one hour before you go to bed.

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14. Choose the right lighting for your home

Lighting is an often overlooked and underappreciated aspect of your environment. The right lighting lifts moods and increases productivity. Among the strategies for the best lighting for a room: mix up the sources of light, illuminate corners of a room, and reduce bright lighting for bathrooms.

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15. Have meal theme nights

Making a meal theme for particular nights gives families in isolation something to look forward to. Besides its alliterative advantage, so-called Taco Tuesday is also a simple and fun meal to plan for.

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