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Edited By: Tanmaya Ramprasad 

As the academic year comes to an end and all the final exams are completed, it’s really hard to make time for self-care. Furthermore, with the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, it can be very hard for people to destress and relax. Here are four fun indoor activities that can be done alone or with friends!

Board games/Card games

Board games like Monopoly and card games like Uno have been testing friendships for years! They are a fun way to destress and have fun. It’s no surprise that there are online versions of some of our favourite childhood games that can be played with friends who are scattered across the world. You can set up a Zoom call and have your friends join in for a quick game!

Baking/ Cooking

Food is one of the best ways to nourish your body and soul. While this activity takes some time and effort, the joy you feel when eating your very own creation makes it all worth it. You could even try experimenting with some YouTube tutorials and drop some of your creations off at your friend’s place.

Spa Time

Our faces need TLC post-finals! A lot of our skin-care routines get neglected during periods of heavy studying and irregular sleep schedules. What better way to relax than to indulge in a face mask, a lo-fi playlist and some scented candles? You could even bring out an at-home mani-pedi kit and pamper yourself with pretty nail polish. This is a perfect way to turn a spa day into a spa call!

Naps

Lots of students sacrifice sleep for a few more hours of studying. Prolonged sleep deprivation can have devastating impacts on one’s health. Taking naps can help your body not only return to a normal sleep schedule but also help you recover from sleep debt. Set an alarm for anywhere between 20 mins to 2 hours and catch up on some zzzs.

 

Rue Sriharsha is a first-year undergraduate at Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. She is hoping to pursue a double major in Cognitive Science and Computer Science with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. She is also the First-year Outreach member for UofT Women in Computer Science (WiCS) When she's not coding away, she enjoys writing poems and photography. Her passions include wellness, technology and lifestyle blogging.
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