Essentials for Staying Indoors -- How to Keep Things Clean So You Can Stay Calm
By Katy Lindenmuth
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We know we're not the first ones to tell you this, but these days -- more than ever -- it’s crucial to take care of your physical and mental health. Since a lot of us are now spending a lot more time at home, we’re finding ways to make our space more conducive to staying healthy and not going stir-crazy.
Step one: Keep your home disinfected. For this, we turned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently posted a list of straightforward, easy-to-follow tips on its site; we’ve supplemented those guidelines with a few basic supplies you can find online.
Step two: Keep your mind Zen. Even with the ever-present news of the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) pandemic, there are plenty of ways to do this, from practicing yoga to sleeping with a white noise machine to transforming your bed into a cocoon. You know your brain the best -- see which items below speak to you personally and give them a try.
Ahead, our suggestions for keeping clean and regaining your peace of mind when you’re staying indoors. (Limiting your time on Twitter couldn’t hurt, either.)
If you have trouble sleeping, or even just relaxing during the day, white noise is your friend. This Snooz machine has 10 settings so you can adjust the tone and volume until you find your perfect, peaceful match.
Listen to the Centers for Disease and Control’s advice, now and always: Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow). And when you’re done, it’s just as important to throw your used tissues in the trash instead of leaving them on your desk or in your purse.
Immediately after you’ve blown your nose and tossed the tissue, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You’ll want to do this more often than usual, throughout the day. (Per the CDC, if you don't have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; cover every inch of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.) It’s also smart to stock up on soap refills.
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You’ve already heard about the benefits of yoga, but they’re worth repeating. In addition to making you physically stronger and giving you more energy, regular practice can bring you mental clarity, relieve stress, relax your mind and sharpen your concentration. All of which we could use more of right now.
If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser, now’s the time to start using one -- these little appliances are so helpful at restoring a sense of tranquility to your home. This PureSpa model will diffuse for up to 10 hours at a time and covers about 250 square feet, so maybe get one for each room. Lavender should be your go-to essential oil since it has wizard-like properties in relieving stress and anxiety. Rosemary, sweet orange and bergamot oil can also help you relax.
We encourage a good nap whenever you can take one, and these best-selling, silky-smooth Brooklinen sheets are perfect to doze off on. (They’re so good, they even come with a lifetime warranty!) Gentle reminder to wash your sheets regularly to keep them -- and you -- feeling fresh.
More handy tips from the CDC: You should be cleaning and disinfecting all regularly used surfaces -- anything you put your hands on -- daily. This includes tables, counters, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, phones, computer keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. This all-purpose spray has a lemon scent that will leave things spotless and smelling so fresh and so clean.
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