Do you commute to work? Is your commute over 30 minutes? A recent survey by Umeå University in Sweden found that commuting for longer than 30 minutes (by bus or train) or driving over 31 miles could have a negative effect on our mindset . If you combine this with figures from Department for Transport, which show the average Londoner’s commute comes in at 46 minutes, vs 25 minutes for the rest of the UK, is it bad news for capital commuters ? We can’t all have the luxury of living close by work, so what can be done to turn your commute into a productive time of day rather than a frustrating time eater?
1. Take a book
– immerse yourself in another world or expand your horizons by taking a book with you on your commute. If you drive to work why not try an audio book?
2. Listen to music, audio books or podcasts
– there are so many free podcasts available nowadays and can be useful for any type of commute to brush up on current affairs, learn a new language or binge on an audio series.
3. Life admin
– if you are using public transport make the most of your commute by catching up on life admin such as buying presents or choosing what to cook for dinner.
4. Be social
– whilst chatting on the phone might not be an option, catching up over text, WhatsApp or email can keep you in touch with friends and family.
5. Get outside
– if it’s possible (and the sun is shining) why not get off the tube or bus a stop earlier and walk home. Get to know your local area or just enjoy being active.
– use your commute to unwind, apps like Headspace can give you a moment of mindfulness and let you arrive at work or home more relaxed.
– focus on your breathing to be present in the moment. Breathe in for four counts and hold for two, breath out for four counts and hold for two. Repeat for 10 rounds.
8. Just take a moment out for yourself with RESCUE® Pastilles
– keep RESCUE Pastilles in your handbag as they are ideal for travelling, even British supermodel, Naomi Campbell keeps RESCUE Pastilles in her handbag
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