HOME HEALTHY

When working from home or scrolling on your devices to kill time isolating at home, it’s easy to lose track of time and forget to take breaks. Staring at a screen for prolonged periods can cause eyestrain, which, in turn, can lead to discomfort and reduced ability to concentrate.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as while driving long distances or staring at computer screens and other digital devices.”

Though usually not a serious condition, eyestrain can be annoying and could be a sign of an underlying eye problem. Symptoms include: Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes; watery or dry eyes; blurred or double vision; headache; sore neck, shoulders or back; increased sensitivity to light; difficulty concentrating; and feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open.

Though it’s possible to develop eyestrain by reading printed material, the condition is caused most often by screens. This is because people blink less often while using computers or other devices, which dries out their eyes. People also tend to view screens at close distances and odd angles. Also, devices can have glare or reflection, and poor contrast between the text and the background.

To help or prevent eyestrain, allow yourself some screen-free time. Exercise your eyes by looking at things farther away than your computer or device screen. Adjust your workstation as necessary to prevent poor posture, which can cause or worsen eyestrain.

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AT HOME

Productivity requires being slightly uncomfortable

If you’re working from home, avoid excuses that might keep you from being productive. These excuses can quickly snowball and become your new normal, making it evermore difficult to get work done.

“Hold yourself accountable by limiting the excuses to get work done,” recommends USA TODAY. “Chances are, these are the same rationalizations that are noticeable before working from home. Avoid working from your bed or bedroom. As comfortable as it may seem, a productive day requires being slightly uncomfortable. Our bedrooms have too many associations of relaxation. We do not want to contaminate the drive needed to complete our daily obligations. We also do not want to tarnish the mellow vibe of where we rest.”

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FOR KIDS

Face mask tips for kids

Wearing face masks has become a part of everyday life for adults and children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of 2 should wear a face mask when in public or around people they don’t live with.

A helpful way to get kids used to wearing a mask is for them to pick out their favorite ones. Here are a few tips to know when buying a face mask for your kids, according to CNet.com:

1. If they wear glasses, consider styles that go around the back of the head or neck, instead of the ears. Also, a contoured face mask shape may work best with glasses.

2. If your child has breathing problems, such as asthma, the CDC suggests they should not wear a face mask.

3. Is your kid active? Some companies are using a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, like cotton, which is better suited for the summer heat.

4. It’s recommended to buy several face masks for your child to rotate out while the others are being washed.

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ACTIVITY

Air dry clay

Using everyday, household items, your kids can combine the excitement of playing with slime and then creating their own art with DIY air dry clay.

Materials needed:

• 1 1/2 cups cornstarch

• 1 cup white school glue

• 1 tablespoon white vinegar

• 1 teaspoon lotion

• 1 tablespoon baby oil

Instructions

Mix air dry clay ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until smooth (Don’t panic if mixture is a sticky mess.)

Start with ingredient amounts listed and slowly add bits more cornstarch until the mixture can hold no more. The clay will go from being sticky to smooth, stretchy and soft.

Prepare a clean counter with extra cornstarch spread out, like rolling out a pie crust. Splash cornstarch on hands as well. Turn clay out onto the counter and knead it like dough.

Add tiny bits of cornstarch at a time. Try to stop adding cornstarch before the clay starts to feel dry and stiff.

Once desired texture is achieved, kids can mold or use cookie cutters to make different shapes. Then let dry. After drying, kids can paint their shapes any way they want.

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