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25 Activities to Make Staying at Home Easier During the Pandemic

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21. Take naps

Naps are important not only because they can boost your mood but also because they play a role in how people process emotions. This skill could come in especially handy when you’re living in close quarters. People who don’t take naps tend to focus more on negative emotions and those who have napped during the day tend to focus more on the positive, according to some research. Have trouble sleeping? Here are 25 tricks for a better night’s sleep.

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22. Have flowers inside the house

Flowers will almost certainly make your home look more beautiful, but they may also improve your mental health. Some research suggests they can reduce pain and stress levels. It’s no wonder then that people send flowers to patients in hospitals.

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23. Learn a new hobby

Take up a new hobby like knitting, jewelry making, or hand-lettering. You may be surprised how happy learning something new makes you feel. Maybe you can even earn extra cash. Some hobbies can become side businesses — or possibly full-time jobs. These are 20 hobbies you can actually make money on.

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24. Create a garden

Creating a garden may have benefits beyond keeping yourself busy. An indoor garden may improve the quality of the air inside your home. And working in your garden may also help improve your mental health. Some research suggests it’s therapeutic because it helps relieve stress and anxiety. Some research has even found that green spaces are linked to a lower risk of developing psychiatric disorders.

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25. Unleash your creativity in the kitchen

Now is the time to try that recipe you’ve always wanted, to finally learn how to make sushi at home, or bake some of Julia Child’s delicious cakes. Use the time you save commuting to and from work to make an nontraditional breakfast — here are 25 iconic sandwiches you can make at home — or a fancy dinner.

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