7 Songs To Listen To On A Stress-Relieving Bike Ride

7 Songs To Listen To On A Stress-Relieving Bike Ride

Take some time for yourself to relax and soak up the view.

Sometimes our minds get caught in a tornado of worries that are extremely hard to get past and that is OK. I have had those moments myself and tried many methods to ease my mind when life has become too overwhelming, but the one that has been by far the most effective is going on a bike ride while listening to a soothing playlist.

Prior to this school year, I rarely ever took my bike out from the backyard, but being away from home for my first year of college turned my bicycle into one of my most prized possessions.

I am the type of person that places a great deal of importance on privacy, especially when I am feeling stressed, but living in a dorm with four other people made privacy hard to come by. There was one day in particular last semester in which I felt completely weighed down by my thoughts, and the only thing I wanted was to be alone, so I grabbed my phone and earbuds and rode away from my dorm on my bicycle.

I had planned on looking for somewhere empty to sit down and relax, but instead, I ended up riding my bicycle around campus for an hour. Feeling the wind blow on my skin as I rode down a hill with soft music playing in my ears and an orange sunset surrounding me made me finally feel at peace.

These 7 songs were my favorites that I listened to on that day, and I still continue to listen to them every single time I go on a bicycle ride.

1. "Lover Is a Day" by Cuco.

“Time changed / We’re different / But my mind still says redundant things / Can I not think?”

Cuco is one of my go-to artists for dream pop music, which is a subgenre of alternative rock that usually has slow, electronic textures. “Lover Is a Day” in particular is perfect for when your mind is going at a million miles an hour because the melody gives you a calming and nostalgic feeling while the lyrics describe the struggle of sorting your mind out after a break-up.

2. "Dream, Ivory" by Dream, Ivory.

“The way the skies are turning blue / Pastures on my mind / Running, searching just to find / A thing or two that once was true”

Honestly, the entire EP that “Dream, Ivory” is on should be a part of everyone’s bicycle ride playlist. If you need to get away from the stress of your daily life, this song will definitely send you soaring into the clouds.

3. "Move On" by Garden City Movement.

“Late night stories / Running naked, cutting through the breeze”

Whenever I hear this song, it reminds me to “move on” from whatever has been making me feel anxious and take a moment to admire nature and all of its beauty. I recommend playing this song as the sun is starting to set for maximum relaxation.

4. "Drifting Away" by Khai Dreams.

“Now I just want me and you / To watch the sunset just soak in the view and / If it’s all just a dream / Then I don’t ever want to wake up”

This is one of the sadder songs on this playlist, but I think it is therapeutic to listen to sad music when you feel down because it allows you to get out all of your emotions and feel rejuvenated.

5. "Maybe Maybe" by Lola Amour.

“And I’m wondering / What keeps me tied down / I need some help / Pull me back to the ground”

Yes, this is another sad song, but the playlist would be incomplete without it because of how it explores the feeling of loneliness. When I am overwhelmed, I often feel alone, and this song reminds me that everyone has those days.

6. "Hindsight" by Family Hahas.

“These days will all seem better in time / Waiting on that hindsight”

“Hindsight” is all about feeling frustrated when your days have been full of mistakes but knowing that in the future, you will be able to look back on them and grow as a person.

7. "Promises" by Aly & AJ.

"All this is, is another mistake. Is another mistake to check off my list"

In case you did not know, Aly & AJ, the iconic musical duo of the early 2000’s, released an EP this year and it is full of dreamy tracks. “Promises” is my personal favorite, because it builds on the idea of accepting your mistakes and not dwelling on the past.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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