Make the Most of Your Commute
Everyone’s trying to get somewhere all at the same time. It’s a recipe for a stressful disaster. Whether you drive, walk, or take public transit to your job, we’ve got some simple ways to make that time work for you.
Read or Listen to a Book
Use your commute to expand your knowledge. If you use transit, take the opportunity to use an e-reader, tablet, or good old-fashioned paperback. If you’re stuck on what to read, Goodreads and What Should I Read Next are great places to find recommendations for your next book.
We also love audiobooks. You can download them on iTunes or get them from audible.com. It’s a great way to get a little literature on your next drive or walk.
If you haven’t gotten into podcasts yet, they’re kind of like talk radio, but waaaaay better. Almost anyone can make one, so you can find a podcast on virtually any subject via your podcast app. From finance to cats, we’re sure you’ll be able to find something you’re interested in. Download a few episodes at home on your phone and listen to them on the go.
If you’re just starting out, try popular standards This American Life, Serial, or TED Radio Hour. If you’re already hooked and looking for something new, give something from this list a listen.
Walk a Little
If you can, try incorporating walking into your commute. A little physical activity before and after a hectic workday can be just what you need.
Keep Your Head in the Game
Obviously you need to be 100% present behind the wheel. Music like jazz or classical can help take the edge off the stress of being stuck in traffic while providing some background entertainment. Give it a try and see if it makes an impact on your mood.
If you’re commuting by transit, try a meditation app like Headspace. You might be surprised by how different you feel after taking a little time each day to clear your head.
Also, check out this great article from Nestmaven about being mindful for better sleep and a balanced life.