Enjoy Your Commute!
Learning How to Have a Better Journey
Sergio commutes to work for an hour each way on the subway. However, he doesn't see this as wasted time, because he listens to podcasts and reads e-books while he's traveling.
He has also learned to manage the stress that he used to feel while squeezed into a crowded subway car.
Commuting can be a frustrating and stressful experience, but it doesn't have to be like this. With a bit of preparation, your commute can be an enjoyable time that you use to think, reflect, relax, and learn new skills.
In this article, we'll look at how you can improve your travel experience, and we'll explore how you can use your commuting time more productively.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Commuting
According to the U.S. census, eight percent of American workers commute for more than an hour, each way. Around 600,000 of these people commute for more than three hours a day.
In the U.K., average commute times are similar. A typical U.K. worker spends 41 minutes commuting every day, and one out of every 10 workers spends two or more hours commuting.
Many people see their commute as a negative experience, but it's possible to use this time effectively. For example, you can use it to prepare for your day. And you can use your journey home to relax, before spending time with family and friends.
You can also use your commute to do things like learn new skills or entertain yourself, so that you're in a good mood when you arrive at your destination.
Of course, commuting does have its drawbacks. Long commutes can be stressful, negative experiences, if you don't have the right mind-set. A long commute can also lead to weight gain and high blood pressure.
Strategies for Improving Your Commute
Use the strategies below to have a more enjoyable and productive commute.
Change Your Mindset
Some people view their commute as a chore that they must complete to be able to do their job. However, a mind-set like this can increase stress and frustration. It can also lead to negativity and conflict at work.
Try not to view your commute as a negative experience; instead, try to think about it as time that you can use to enhance your skills, reflect on your dreams and achievements, or just relax.
Remember, everyone around you on the highway or in the subway car is in the same situation. Try to feel empathy and compassion if others get in your way. You could also play games in your mind to turn around a bad mood – for example, think of a sincere compliment for every person you see around you, or imagine what might make a person laugh.
Learn to Relax
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