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Healthy, Eco-Friendly Ways to Spend Time At Home

Apr 17, 2020 04:27PM ● By Maureen Cary
If you are looking for productive ways to spend your time while observing stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, Natural Awakenings has you covered. Pulled from our extensive archives, here are some healthy, earth-friendly activities you can partake in from the comfort and safety of your home.

1.     Exercise

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Click and Sweat: Virtual Workouts Change the Game

Between health and workout apps, online classes and electronic devices calculating distance and monitoring bodily functions, virtual fitness offers many personal exercise experiences. Read More » 

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Practice Yoga to Help the Brain

Research shows that practicing gentle hatha yoga can strengthen the brain and help grow new neurons, similar to the effects aerobic exercise can have on the brain. Read More » 

2.     Meditate

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Ways to Calm Your Anxiety with Meditation During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With all the uncertainty we are facing today surrounding COVID-19 causing individuals to develop anxious feelings, now is the perfect time to start a regular mindfulness meditation practice. Read More »  

Detox the Mind

Detox the Mind

In today’s stressful life, a mental detox is one of the most important things anyone can do. We all have certain patterns of thinking and feeling that make us doubt our self-worth and our... Read More » 

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One-Minute Mindfulness: A Path to Better Health and Happiness

Happiness starts in the now, this present moment in time. We can do this by being mindful. Read More » 

 3.     Practice yoga

Stretch Now to Reap the Benefits in the Future

When stretching feels fabulous and is relaxing, why is it so tough for people to do? Read More » 

4.     Catch up on sleep

Natural Sleep Cycles

Natural Sleep Cycles

Circadian rhythm relates to our body’s natural cycles of sleep and waking and changes throughout the year. Learn tips to help regulate your sleep. Read More » 

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Cut Back on Sugar and Carbs to Improve Sleep

Researchers find women who consume a diet high in refined carbohydrates—particularly added sugars and processed grains—are more likely to develop insomnia. Read More » 

6.     Tidy up the house


Tidying Up The Bucket List: Deciding What We Really Want

Many people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense. Read More » 

 Spring Cleaning

It’s no secret that clutter in our homes and work spaces can be a great source of stress in our lives and even in our thinking. Read More » 



Declutter for Emotional Well-Being

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A Home That Heals: Creating a Nurturing Space

Stay-at-home orders allow for the opportunity to transform your residence into a sanctuary of peace. Here are ways to reduce clutter and enhance flow to make your house feel like a sacred... Read More » 

8.     Cook healthy meals

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Meatless Makeover: A Plant-Based Spin on Classic Dishes

How to turn classic meat recipes into healthy, plant-based versions without losing any taste or texture including vegan popcorn chicken, walnut tacos and mushroom, sage and onion Wellington. Read More » 

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Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude

How to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance, plus healthy recipes for Buddha Bowls and Hearty Moroccan Soup. Read More » 


Gut Check: Feeding the Immune System

Nutrition is key in building up a strong immune system. How to foster healthy gut bacteria plus immune-boosting recipes for Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup and Lentil Stew. Read More » 

 9.     Clean


Think Outside the House: Expanding Spring Cleaning

Before summer heat sets in, here are ways to expand spring green cleaning to the exterior of the house, yard and car. Read More » 

Five Steps to a Healthier Home

Five Steps to a Healthier Home

Spring is the time of year when we often feel a renewed focus on clean eating and clean living Read More » 

 11.  Just breathe

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Inhaling the Joy of Life: Conscious Breathwork

Mindfully guiding our breath back to its original rhythm helps lower stress and improve vagal tone, easing such conditions as depression, insomnia and pain syndromes. Read More » 

Take a Deep Breath

The mind and our mindset have a great deal to do with our thoughts. If we can control our thoughts, then we have a good chance of controlling our life. But, what happens when our thoughts... Read More »  

12.  Do nothing

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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing

Visual artist and writer Jenny Odell on her new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, and why we must rebel against the seductive pull of 24/7 availability. Read More » 

Please note that because these articles were pulled from our archives, this content was originally produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the majority of this material is still practical and relevant, if there is any reference to information that does not coincide with stay-at-home orders, social distancing or any other protocols surrounding the coronavirus, please disregard those sections at this time.