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Sunday, August 01, 2021
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Summer quarantine ideas at home

SOME students are now officially in mid-summer. While a few others are safely enjoying their days under the sun, some do not have the opportunity to be out on the beach or the countryside because of the pandemic.

While you may be tempted to sleep in your room all day, there are actually fun and productive activities you can do with your family

Gardening

The terms plantitas and platitos became famous during the quarantine period as more and more people took their liking of plants to another level. Plants have become a trend on social media with many people sharing their plant collections and potteries. Gardening is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve overall mood. Plus, cultivating your own food means healthier meals, plus more fresh oxygen for your home!

Baking and cooking

Another great way to bond with your family is by trying out new recipes in your own kitchen. Many food trends have become viral online, such as fluffy pancakes, banana bread, baked pasta, and who could forget the iconic dalgona coffee? Baking and cooking are good for creativity and nourishment. Spending the summer at home also gives an opportunity to test out new skills such as creating recipes for your family. Yum!

Exercising

Have you always considered yourself too busy pre-pandemic for a workout? Well now is the time to get moving and achieve a healthier body. Because most of us are asked to stay at home, we now have more free time to focus on activities we did not have time for before such as fitness goals. Many exercise tutorials are available online that won’t need any special equipment. Workouts such as lunges, planks, pushups, and squats are some of the exercises you can do to get #quarantoned.

Reading

Today is also the best time to catch up on some readings. Books stimulate the mind, expand our knowledge and vocabulary, and even improve our memory. Since reading helps us relax and refocus, it can also help if you struggle with sleeping patterns during this quarantine. Reading also makes us feel more positive and empathic -- something we might need this time of pandemic.

Movie night

Get ready for blankets and food nights -- it’s time to watch movies! Family bonding isn’t truly complete without your favorite film while eating your favorite food (that you could bake, why not?). This family time can bring you emotionally closer and may also improve communication within the family. It creates great memories with your family despite these trying times. (Klyza Castro, AdDU Intern)


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