The average American spends about 25 minutes traveling each way between home and work. Whether you are driving or taking public transportation, the commute can take a toll on your health and happiness. In honor of April being National Stress Awareness Month, try some new ways from LearnVest to lessen the stress of your daily work commutes:
Work out. Exercising after work at a nearby gym may help to miss some of the rush-hour traffic and boost endorphins.
Lift your mood through listening or singing. Audio books are available to borrow for free through many libraries. Listen to a favorite story, comedian or learn a new language by repeating along with a language program. Even singing along to your favorite songs can help to relieve stress.
Carpool. Talking with another person can help you avoid dwelling on problems if you’re driving alone, not to mention the cost it is saving.
Adjust your driving position. Some seats may not provide all the support you need to reduce stress on your back in the lumbar region. The Cleveland Clinic advises using back support like a lumbar roll or a rolled-up shirt at the curve of your back.
Create a mental gratitude list. Focusing on three simple things
you are grateful for rather than negative thoughts about your commute can help to remind you of positive things and improve your mood.
Source: LearnVest, Cleveland Clinic