The COVID-19 has many of us living under the lockdown cloud which has put much stress on ourselves. However, we’re not here to drag on about the negatives we’re all about the positives. Whether you’re working from home, an essential worker or simply just trying to live your best eco-friendly life below are some tips to keep you and the planet healthy.
Create a garden/animal sanctuary.Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there are plenty of options available when it comes to building a garden. Gardening is a great way to spend your time in lockdown and at the end of the day you could yield some awesome, fresh, organic produce. Another great thing about a garden is that it can become a little animal sanctuary for bees and butterflies.
Refillable soap and hand sanitiserWe are constantly reminded to wash and sanitise our hands which has resulted in more and more plastic bottles ending up in landfill. To prevent this you can buy these products in a bulk bottle and refill your home or use a CHANGE Hand Sanitiser which is a tablet-based sanitiser that dissolves in water.
Get creative in the kitchen
With more time at home and less options to dine out makes lockdown an ideal time to get creative in the kitchen. What we mean by creative is how to best use up all the ingredients when cooking and how to be waste-friendly. For example, the old garlic sitting in the pantry, instead of throwing it away you could plant it and start growing more garlic.
Spring CleaningCleaning isn’t the most exciting of activities but it has to be done. This is a great way to find items to recycle, sell, give-away or even reuse for something else. For those with children this is also a great way to keep them occupied. All those old Tupperware containers and plastics that can’t be recycled can be used for crafts.
Enjoy the outdoors
Sometimes we get so caught up in getting our exercise in at gyms and fitness classes that we miss the beautiful nature around us. Many of us are lucky to live near some great parks, bushwalking tracks and coastal walking tracks. Exercising outside is not only a great way to keep healthy but it’s a great opportunity to help clear the mind.
Keep to a routineYou have probably heard this over and over again but having a routine is key to a productive day, especially to those of whom are working from home. When homelife and work life start to blend into one it can cause added stress resulting in burning out. By keeping to a routine can ensure that the time you spend at work and at “home” is clearly broken up. This distinct break allows you to rest and switch off but also gives family members a good guide to when to annoy you.
Go "topless" with your coffee
Heading out for a take-away coffee we usually encourage taking your own coffee mug however, some businesses are not accepting reusable cups due to safe hygiene practices. So, if you are heading out for a take-away coffee, be sure to take it without a lid.
Keeping hydrated and healthy
Lastly, it’s extremely important to stay hydrated and healthy through all this. The added pressures with the lock-down and increased stress can really take its toll on your body. It’s important to make sure you’re eating good food, regular and always sipping on water. Cheeki has a great range of water bottles to help however, if you are finding yourself struggling to drink enough water it may be wise to set up an alarm on your phone or download a hydration app.