In these unprecedented times of stress and confusion, we offer three life hacks to help get you power through this pandemic:
Lounging in sweatpants and eating ice cream for breakfast was fun for the first couple days (okay, weeks). But as quarantine and social distancing stretch on, it's time to start creating new, healthy routines to increase normalcy and sanity.
You may not be having guests over anytime soon, but simple tasks like tidying the kitchen or making your bed every morning can help keep your mind sharp and create a more productive environment.
Stores may be slowly opening back up, but your best bet for avoiding germs is limiting your contact with public spaces as much as you can. Whether you need meals, snacks, or supplies, apps and online delivery services have you covered! By taking advantage of these options, you'll be better protecting yourself and all the essential workers on the front lines.
Don't forget to tip your deliverer!
This is a rare period in history where locking yourself indoors and avoiding all social interaction can feel like the responsible, adult thing to do. While social distancing guidelines should certainly be followed, completely cutting yourself off from friendships and support systems can have damaging effects of its own.
Fortunately, there are plenty of activities you can plan with loved ones that won't put you at risk! Taking a bike ride is a great way to get active together without getting too close. Hiding away in your house, leading to more feelings of isolation and less inclination to ever leave? That's a vicious cycle. Getting outside for a ride? That's just a cycle. A bicycle, that is.
It can be hard to "hack" life when we hardly know what life is anymore. With simple, everyday efforts, however, you can regain control of your schedule and even discover some new passions!
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!
Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.
Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)
That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.