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Staying Home
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5 virtual games to pass the time

Just because you’re distancing doesn’t mean you can’t socialize. With apps like Zoom, Facebook, and Houseparty making it easy to stay virtually connected with friends and family, why not make those weekly video chats more fun by upping the ante with some friendly competition. A game night could be exactly what you and your loved ones need to laugh, playfully tease, and let loose.

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How to have a quarantine picnic

When the weather gets nicer, it seems that everyone has one thing on their mind: Get outdoors! A popular way to enjoy time outside is by dining al fresco, particularly by gravitating to patios and parks. With many states only offering takeout or delivery options, patio season is inevitably going to be delayed. But, don’t fret. Instead of sulking, get creative, and plan a picnic.

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Dealing with loneliness while social distancing

As humans, we crave physical contact. We are social creatures that enjoy interaction, companionship, and quality relationships. Now that we’re dealing with COVID-19, the physical isolation with social distancing means not being able to spend quality time with friends or family and that can take a toll. The pandemic has brought to the forefront one of American’s biggest epidemics: Loneliness.

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Strategies
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A Summer Time Guide

The flowers have bloomed and the trees are budding telling us that summer is right around the corner. Although June, July, and August might not include the same activities as previous years, it is still important to be prepared for time in the sun. Whether you’re going for a walk, enjoying a bike ride, or taking a hike, here are some essentials to have on hand (besides your mask and hand sanitizer).

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Recipes
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One can, five recipes: Black beans

In the back of your pantry lies a single, lonesome can of black beans that you purchased at the beginning of quarantine. Luckily, we’re here to make things easier and resurrect that can of beans and give it a chance for greatness with these recipes.

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It is time to pick up some knitting needles

The rhythm of knitting releases serotonin, a chemical transmitter that helps regulate your mood. Studies show the more people knit, the more calm and happy they feel. Knitting can also offer other health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, helping people manage chronic pain, reducing depression and anxiety, and slowing the onset of dementia.

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To keep calm, start baking

Besides household essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap, another item has come to the top of the hoarding list: flour. All of a sudden, society has decided that the best way to get through quarantine is to bake all of their feelings in a variety of bread, cakes, and other sweet treats. But why?

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The importance of having a routine

As many Americans grapple with losing jobs, homeschooling kids, or being away from loved ones, it may be easy to completely put your routine to the wayside. Whether it’s waking up late, stopping your exercise regiment, napping during the day, or eating at odd hours, all of these changes make a big impact on your mental health.

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