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Healthy, Eco-Friendly Ways To Spend Time At Home

Apr 14, 2020 12:12PM ● By Shannon Mc Kenzie


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 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 » 

Exercise Detox - Six Ways to Burn Calories and Clean Out Your System

by Annie B. Bond There are as many different types of exercise as there are ways to move. Although all types of exercise will help to detoxi... 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 » 

Meditation Made Easy

by Sally Kempton “For 20 years, I’ve meditated before stressful meetings, when I’m slammed by deadlines and during all kinds of domestic cri... Read More » 


3. Start a garden

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Herbs that Beat the Heat

Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant Some of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich li... Read More » 

Backyard Gardening - How to Get a Lot From Your Plot

by Barbara Pleasant Whether this is your first year growing a kitchen garden or your thumb glows green from years of use, it’s possible to q... Read More » 


4. Practice yoga

Natural Awakenings - Yoga Guide

Yoga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga come... Read More » 

5. Catch up on sleep

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Chasing ZZZZZs: How to Put Insomnia to Rest

Natural, holistic approaches such as acupuncture, massage, diet, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and CBD can help to foster quality sleep without undesirable side effects. Read More » 

Get Good ZZZs

by Amber Lanier NagleYou lie awake at night, tossing and turning, your mind racing. Some nights you have trouble falling asleep; on others, ... Read More » 


6. Tidy up the house

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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 » 


7. Create art

Hands-On Happiness - A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living

by Judith Fertig Making something by hand—and getting good at it—can add a welcome dimension to our lives. The art of participating in craft... 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 » 


9. Clean

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Sustainable Scrubbing: Tips for Toxin-Free House Cleaning

Safe and effective non-toxic, green cleaning solutions using natural ingredients that are good for our health and the planet. Read More » 

Homemade Eco-Cleaners: DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean

by Lane VailAmericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental ... Read More » 


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 » 


10. Listen to music

Earth Music - Soundscapes of America's Quiet Places

by Susie Ruth “Silence is like scouring sand,” says Gordon Hempton, an award-winning acoustic ecologist. “When you are quiet, the silence bl... Read More » 

Music Harmonizes the Brain and Heals the Heart

When two guitarists play together, more than their instruments play in time; their brainwaves match up, too, according to new research from ... 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 » 

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Breathe in, Breathe Out

by Amber Lanier NagleMost of us are oblivious to our breathing habits. It’s simply something that we do thousands of times every day without... Read More » 


12. Do nothing

Make Time for Downtime

Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul April Thompson <img src="/images/cache/cache_9/cache_7/cache_8/Downtime-Relaxing-Healthy-d... Read More » 

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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 » 


BONUS: Just for Kids

Gardening with Kids

by Ted FisherWhether kids have access to a large yard or only a windowsill planter, young gardeners’ inborn curiosity encourages them to dis... Read More »  

Kids Dig Worm Composting

Red Wigglers Turn Kitchen Scraps into Gardening Gold by Jessica Iclisoy Your family loves to shop at area farmers’ markets, investigating gr... Read More » 



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