Real talk: working from home was fun for a little while. The online music festivals, the Zoom meetings in loungewear and the days spent baking banana bread is something we will always look back on fondly. But with restrictions now eased (Victoria you will be with us soon), we know you must be eager to get back to living your best life, embracing our ‘new normal’ and navigating life safely.
But with so much changing and so quickly, it can be tricky to know the best ways to go about it, so we’ve teamed up with 13cabs to bring you this helpful guide to shaking off COVID-induced anxiety and getting back to enjoying everything our beautiful cities have to offer.
Support Local Businesses
At Urban List, it’s no secret that our favourite pastime is sipping crisp wine and enjoying a bite at our all-time favourite restaurants. And thanks to the wonders of technology, you can now do it safely and while physically distancing from others. By signing in with QR codes that make contact tracing possible and scanners that mean you can place your food order via your phone without sidling up to the bar, you can feel confident and safe while dining out. If you feel unwell or are in a hotspot, always stay home and order up takeaway instead.
Ride With Care
We know that part of the process of getting back to our ‘new normal’ is making smart choices in regards to transport and the team at 13cabs have introduced an extensive sanitisation program and partnered with Aqium antibacterial hand sanitiser. The program includes regular vehicle sanitisation and Aqium hand sanitiser will be available in all vehicles from mid-September so you can ride with peace of mind. Better yet, you can also pre-book, pay and track your ride via the 13cabs app before heading out, and you can spend more of your coin on the things you love (like that next cocktail) since there are never cancellation or surge fees. Plus, if you find a driver you like, you can save and book them for future rides using the MyDriver feature in the app. Head here to see more details on how to ride safely with 13cabs as a Passenger.
Wear A Mask
Even though they’re not mandatory for a lot of us here in Australia, it’s absolutely recommended to wear a mask while going about your day. A face mask is the must-have accessory of 2020 and with so many cool brands creating chic and comfortable shields, there’s certainly no reason you shouldn’t look good while doing good through this pandemic.
Get Outside And Do Some Exercise
Slap on your hat and slop on the sunscreen because hint: a day outdoors is good for the soul and being active isn’t all squats and barbells. Get your heart racing and skin glowing with a trail run through our beautiful national parks, hike to the peak of a mountain, or simply go for a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
Life is chaotic at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. So if those negative feels have been getting you down, just know that you are not alone. Beyond Blue confirms that one in four Australians will experience anxiety (that's over four million people) in their lifetime and 17 per cent of the population is currently suffering from depression, with these numbers rising every year. Practising mindfulness is just one tool you can use in your kit to help boost positivity and the best part is it’s completely free. Start with a daily meditation practice, give these TED Talks a listen, give mindful running a go, or bliss out with these podcasts.
Make Hand Sanitiser Your BFF
Okay, so this one is a no brainer but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that you should be taking hand sanitiser with you absolutely everywhere. Plus, investing in a new bottle is also a great way to support Aussie businesses that might be struggling right now. That’s what we call a win-win.
Feel confident stepping back into the world with 13cabs who are making it safe to navigate our collective ‘new normal’. Their industry-leading sanitisation program means you can ride safely so you can get back out there, support local businesses, and live your best life. Haven’t got the 13cabs app? Download it today and use the promo code 'UrbanList2020' when signing up to get $10 for your first ride. Offer valid for first 500 only.
Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by 13cabs and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.
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