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Since Covid-19 lockdowns, many people have become accustomed to a way of life that includes sweatpants. The pandemic was difficult for everyone — and remains so for many. A few creature comforts, like loungewear, might be warranted. That’s true even during Zoom meetings, since the internet has made it possible for many to work from home. Now it looks like remote work could be a new normal.

As people continue working from home, they need to take care of themselves at home, too. It’s time to pull out the footie pajamas and live your best life. Here are five things you can do at home to stay healthy and happy.

1. Take a Self-Care Day

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Self-care so often gets sacrificed for work or family members. You might think carving out some time for yourself seems indulgent, but it’s definitely not. When you’re physically and mentally healthy, you’ll find it easier to handle anything that comes your way.

So, what should be on your self-care agenda? It’s going to vary from person to person, but there should be one or two things on everyone’s list. For one, you should make a virtual doctor’s appointment for any of those health concerns you’ve been putting off. Some health concerns you can take into your own hands entirely.

For example, maybe you need to check for STIs, but you’ve been avoiding the doctor’s office. If embarrassment has stopped you from getting the healthcare you need, remember you have no reason to feel that way. STIs are super common, and now at-home testing is possible via telehealth companies like Nurx.

Also, make sure mental health is a priority on your self-care day. This can look like a number of things. You can meditate, journal, or simply do deep-breathing exercises. Creating some space for your mental health will pay off in the long run.

2. Go on a Virtual Vacation

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It’s summertime, and many people have been bitten by the travel bug. Unfortunately, not everyone can drop everything and jump on a flight to a sandy beach. However, you probably can find time to take a little virtual vacation. And a little vacation now and then can be a great thing for your health.

If you’ve never tried one before, you might feel a bit iffy about the whole concept of a virtual vacay. There’s more to it than meets the eye, though. You can explore your favorite tourist places complete with travel guides and local hosts. They can provide an almost real experience through video platforms.

Wrap yourself in a comfy robe, settle onto your couch, and get ready to travel across the world. The experience will quickly put you in that vacation state of mind. Keep the travel vibe going by ordering from a local restaurant that serves the cuisine of the country you’re visiting.

3. Sign Up for an Online Workout Class

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Even if you love exercising outdoors, sometimes it’s just too hot or too cold to go for a jog. Whether the weather discourages you or you’re just a homebody, you don’t have to leave home to get in shape. Your physical fitness is another thing that you can take care of at home.

Consider signing up for an online dance class to get your heart rate up. If you don’t love the idea of being on camera, you can even find ones that are pre recorded. Or if you have some weights at home, watch a YouTube workout and follow along. The great thing about the virtual exercise scene is that you don’t have to let a busy schedule stop you. You can work out any time of day.

Online yoga classes are another great option. You can even change your space to help create a relaxing atmosphere. Dim the lights and get out blankets for your final savasana pose. If the online instructor you love doesn’t use music, turn on some background Tibetan singing bowls.

Physical fitness is key to staying healthy. And with a range of digital classes, there’s no excuse not to prioritize that workout.

4. Volunteer From Home

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You may love the idea of volunteering, but you may have obstacles in your way. You might not have a ride to the soup kitchen. Maybe you work night hours, and there aren’t a lot of volunteer options for that schedule. Whatever the reason, you may feel like you can’t give back even when you really want to.

The good news, though, is that there are many ways to volunteer online! For example, you can assist people on crisis text lines. You can even aid blind people with tasks through video calls. Living in the digital age means that people can get real-time support when they need it, and you can be that help.

If live support isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. Nonprofits often need people with a range of skills. For example, they may need graphic designers or writers to create outreach materials.

Giving back through volunteerism can greatly improve your mood and your general outlook on life. Doing the work from your comfy armchair is just a bonus. Determine how you want to help and then hop online. You’ll be volunteering virtually in no time.

5. Take a Literary Tour of the World

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If reading isn’t high on your list of home activities, you may want to move it on up. The truth is that reading is good for you. Believe it or not, reading can increase your ability to empathize and help you get a better night’s sleep. The list of benefits for reading is a long one.

You might already have a favorite author, but maybe you’re ready to try something new. Exploring novels from around the world can be great entertainment, and it’s an excellent way to broaden your worldview. Read novels by international authors to take a tour of another country.

Once you’ve read a few novels, consider dipping your toes into the online literary scene. You can sign up for virtual panels about your favorite authors. Plus, there are a range of author interviews, literary exhibitions, readings, and reviews online. Who knows? You might even get the urge to start a review blog or online book club.

In the era of the internet, the world is at your fingertips, even when you’re sitting on your couch. While working and playing from home have real advantages, sometimes people find it hard to transition to other activities. Remember that you should take time to focus on your well-being.

In the safety of your home, allow yourself to explore new exercise routines and new books. Dance like no one’s watching. Put yourself first by donning your favorite slippers and taking some me-time. Your health comes first. Even at home.