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Does the Earth get back to us with the COVID-19 epidemic?

The COVID-19 epidemic is the most important issue of human safety and health. But as we have stayed home, there have been some benefits to the environment.

The areas of quarantine are rising as the number of infected people increases. For now, scientists don’t have a positive outlook on the future as it seems no one has clear answers regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. However, scientists are reporting positive changes to our environment. Well, that is expected as most people are at home, not driving cars. So, during the quarantine, roads are practically empty. Factories are closed and the streets are cleared.

As people stay home more and more, nitrogen dioxide emissions fall. Also, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane fall. The outbreak has contributed to a noticeable drop in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in quarantined countries. So, it seems like the quarantine has an unintended benefit – blue skies.

As Italy quarantines, dolphins appear in the Venice Canals

Italy is the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe and has closed all nonessential businesses. In Venice, the murky canals began to get clearer, with fish visible in the waters. You know that the canals are always teeming with boat traffic and tourists. But now they are nearly empty. Italy’s efforts to limit the spreading of the coronavirus meant a ban of boat traffic on the famous waterways.  

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The picture above shows Venice just after six days of quarantine. Do you understand how much people destroy nature? This crystal clear water in Venice hasn’t been seen in the last sixty years. We can see that planet Earth is getting a break from us. 

Not only are the waters clear, but Italy’s air has been recorded to be cleaner as well. The satellites that can measure concentrations of pollutants and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere show concentrations of nitrogen dioxide over Italy fell drastically after the quarantine. This is happening in other cities in Europe too.

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Without the pollution, the water has cleared up and a dolphin and swans have been spotted in the canal for the first time in ages! These photos are precious!

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Did we deserve the COVID-19 epidemic?

No one deserves to die due to a virus. We hope this nightmare will end soon, and we pray there will be fewer and fewer victims… But, we must admit something – the Earth could not keep up with our pace. The Earth could not bear our pollution and destruction. The earth is using the coronavirus to stop humans from destroying the environment. 

We had to slow down. People were constantly racing with time. They were constantly competing with one another – where they traveled, how much they spent.

And now we are all the same – in our homes, scared for our health and the future. There is nowhere to spend our money. No more pictures on Instagram and Facebook of where we have been. And don’t you see? The grass is greener without us, the air and waters are cleaner, and the animals are happier. It seems like now we are realizing what we have and how grateful we should be to be alive. 

People, it’s time to take a break – from luxury, praise, and greed! Spend quality time with your closed ones. And please, learn the lesson from this terrible time. Once, this is over, appreciate what you have and take care of our mother Earth. But, for now, stay home. Planet Earth is under renovation. 

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How to drink, eat, and be merry without getting fat

The holiday season is still here, and it’s time to drink, eat, and be merry! It’s time for good times, celebrations, and merriment! It sounds perfect, and it is, but not so much for your waistline.

A few glasses of wine, followed by prosciutto and cheese board, delicious pies, some spinach dip here, little puffy pasties there – and before you know it, you’ve added a few pounds. These little things do bring festive cheer and joy. And you don’t want to be like Ross from Friends and carry a holiday weight even in March.  

What if we tell you that you can drink, eat, and be merry, but still maintain your weight during the holiday season? It is all about balance.  You just need to follow these simple steps so you can stay fit this holiday season while still enjoy all the fun!

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Drink and be merry

Yes, you read it correctly. Prepare to do some serious drinking if you don’t want to gain weight this holiday season. You need to drink a lot… about 2-3 liters of water daily. We know you’re disappointed now, but with all the junk food and stress coming, hydration is crucial. 

Do you know that when you get the urge to snack, you’re actually thirsty and not hungry? Water is important for all bodily functions, but it also keeps you full. Also, you’ll avoid all the eggnogs you planned on drinking. 

Avoid snacking

Skip all the cheese, crackers, chocolate, and chips at the appetizer table. To avoid all that unhealthy stuff, have a hearty lunch or a light dinner before you go to a holiday party. You know it’s a bad idea to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, don’t you? Well, the same goes for holiday parties. You need to eat before you go. If not, you’ll end up eating too many cookies, pastries, and pies.

And if you do feel like snacking something, focus on nuts, fruit, and vegetables instead. This will prevent you from snacking refined flour and excess sugar, which contribute to weight gain.

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Stay active and sleep well

You don’t have to set up your records in the gym in December and January, but you can stay active by getting daily walks. Also, if you don’t sleep enough, your metabolism will lower, and your calories will burn slowly. So, party all you want, but get your good night’s sleep, too. 

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Moderation 

Okay, now you’re thinking “But, it is the holiday season, not the time for a summer body. What if I want a piece of cake or a glass of wine?” Hey, have whatever you want! We won’t stop you. But if you decide to have a piece of cake, eat one, and avoid the other unhealthy foods. 

Also, we advise you to fill your plate with smaller portions of high-calorie foods like casserole and stuffing and fill in the gaps with nutrient-rich and high-protein foods. In this way, you can enjoy your holiday meals without overeating. It’s all about balance and eating in moderation.

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Dress to kill

You have been sticking to your training program. You look better than ever! So, show it off! Pick an outfit that will make you feel sexy. You can even treat you with a new outfit that boosts your newfound confidence.

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We’re trying to say – dress to kill your appetite! If your dress fits perfectly and you like how you look, you’re less likely to eat junk food and destroy your look. So, show up hot and fabulous, stay hot and fabulous, and enjoy the seasonal parties!

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Take care of your mental health during this weird holiday season

So, the holiday season is completely unrecognizable thanks to the pandemic. We know that is hard, so we offer you tips for how to cope.

The holiday and post-holiday season can be stressful at the best of times. But this time, several months into the pandemic, is definitely not the best of times. It has been hard to spend winter holidays away from loved ones and long-standing traditions. 

The holidays have looked different this year, but that, combined with the fact that we are still and will be in a pandemic for a while, makes this holiday season extra painful. There is hope now that a few COVID-19 vaccines have been approved. However, high-risk people and front line healthcare workers will be first to get protected, so that means our lives won’t be going back to normal just yet.

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And that is an even bigger bummer! We all thought that we “sacrifice” the holidays, but then we would get to live a normal life. But that won’t be the case for at least several months.  So, we know that all of us need help to protect our mental health while living through a pandemic during and after the holiday season.  

Plan tiny distractions during the holiday season 

Make a list of all of the tasks, hobbies, or projects you can do to stay occupied and follow up on each of them. Now is the time to learn how to cook and bake, organize your winter wardrobe, organize your library, watch black and white movies, or knit a beautiful scarf. 

Reframe your thinking

Stop telling yourself that you are staying home due to some crisis that is out of your control. That is frustrating! Instead, try to think that you stay at home because you are motivated to protect the ones you love the most. Modifying your holiday plans or staying at home brings us closer to the end of this pandemic, so next year we get to have back all our traditions. 

Go outside more than ever during and after this holiday season

You should find ways to spend time outdoors and experience the joys of the cold weather. This will make your days better. Bundle up and go for a walk, or you can even learn a new winter sport and have fun in the mountains. 

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Update your family traditions

If you miss the holiday traditions you have with your family and friends, see what you can do virtually. Make your special recipes together over FaceTime or Zoom and eat them together. Or host an ugly sweater party. The goal is to find creative, new ways to feel together even when apart. 

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Practice extreme coziness

Or like the Danish like to call it – hygge. This practice reminds us to appreciate the joys during this holiday season. Allow yourself to buy that soft onesie or blanket, curl up with a good book by the (virtual) fire, drink your favorite coffee, spend time with your pet, or treat yourself to a long bath.

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Ditch the pressure

You should know that it is okay to feel burnt out or stressed. Don’t put pressure on yourself to have a wonderful holiday season! We are all in this together, we all feel bad, so don’t feel miserable if you see that the others have perfect holidays on Instagram. They don’t.  

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How to make friends during the pandemic?

We are here to assure you that it is possible to make new friends and build strong relationships even when everything is so different due to the pandemic.

Making friends is a challenge even under normal circumstances. But add in a pandemic that forces us to remain physically distant, and it can feel overwhelming. 

We know that meeting new people is overwhelming, but with a little willingness and effort to step outside of your comfort zone, making new friends is possible. You should start by getting yourself out there and finding places of interest to socialize. 

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Make yourself available 

You need to put yourself out somehow to make new friends. If you just sit at home doing nothing, friends won’t come to you. Don’t miss the opportunities to get out there and meet people. Try going to social functions at work or school. Or if someone invites you to a walk in the park, go for it!

Join a club or organization that works during the pandemic

This is an amazing way to find other people who will share your interests. Just remember that you do not necessarily need to have many common interests with people to make friends with them. However, if you like a certain thing, search for a location where you can meet people with the same interest. There are many online resources for finding groups who share a certain topic. You can search for events or groups on Facebook or groups on sites like Meetup.com.

Volunteer 

Volunteering is a perfect way for people of all ages to meet new people. Just make sure it is a cause you genuinely care about. By working together with other people, you will build bonds with them. For instance, you can volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home, non-profit organization, or animal shelter. Keep in mind that everyone needs help during the pandemic, so you have many choices. 

Talk to people 

You can join whatever club or organization you want, but you won’t make friends if you do not start talking to people. Also, you do not have to be involved with a club to be social. Every time you talk to someone, it is an opportunity to make a lasting friend. You don’t worry that you need to say something special – just be friendly and open a conversation by talking about the weather, compliment them about their outfit, and see where it goes from there! 

Ask them out for coffee in the park or even a picnic 

We know that the pandemic in most countries took the cafes and restaurants, but you can still have coffee to go with your new friend. Exchange numbers or social media so you can contact each other. Having coffee is a great opportunity to talk and get to know each other. At this first date, you see whether you will click together. 

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Put effort to keep the friendship going

You should know by now that good friendships take a lot of effort. We have learned during this pandemic that even with our old friends, we should always check up on them and make time for them. If your new friends are always checking up on you, remembering your birthdays or other important dates, and initiating get-togethers, lunch, you must do the same things and more whenever you can.

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