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Dealing with a Stressful Commute

Forbes reported recently that Americans drive an average of 25 minutes to get work. Commutes can be brutal so they also offered some tips to make those long commutes less stressful.

  • Take mass transit. Since you are not driving you can read a book, the newspaper, or knit - any activity to help you decompress after your work day. Another plus to mass transit, is that the commute time becomes much more predictable.
  • Car pool if you can. Not only will you have some company for your commute, but you can share the burden of driving and the cost of gas money.
  • If you must drive alone, make sure you have maps in your car and alternative routes planned out if you hit a huge traffic jam. If you can navigate around a section of the freeway that has turned into a parking lot, you will hopefully feel more empowered and therefore less frustrated.
  • Talk to your boss and see if you can work flexible hours to avoid commuting during peak traffic times. Or better yet, see if you can telecommute one or two days a week to lessen your drive time.
  • If you find yourself stuck in traffic, be Zen about it. Admit that you are stuck and just go with the flow. Beeping your horn and yelling at the stopped cars will not get you to your destination any faster, and chances are it will rile you up which is so not necessary.
  • Me...I always make sure I have a bottle of water on hand for my commute, there is nothing worse than feeling stuck and dehydrated.

Join The Conversation
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
Ugh my commute is a solid hour each way...public trans not an option for me. Fortunately, I should not be at this job too much more long commutes for me!
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 10 years
i beg to differ, Fit...there is ONE thing worse than being stuck in traffic and dehydrated.... having to go to the bathroom and be stuck in traffic!!! i hate it when that happens!! lol :)
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
I'm an audiobook lover, too! Lots of bestsellers are available with great audio renditions, and I'm a librarian so I get them for free, anyway :) I'd love to take public transit to work but alas, I don't live on a bus or train line that goes anywhere near my place of employment. So, rush hour traffic in the NYC metro area it is, but it's made a little easier by audiobooks and music.
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
I've had some fun commutes listening to books on tape/cd. My gf loves listening to comedy cds in the car. She doesn't mind if other people see her laughing, either! You could study a foreign language while driving, listen to Shakespeare or hear the lastest mystery novel. And they're all free at the library. As for water, I'd rather be a little thirsty than to need a bathroom along the way (glad I don't commute over the SF Bay Bridge).
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
These are great tips! I'm in for at least an hour BOTH ways. *I wish I could telecommute...I dream of telecommuting!! *I am not-so-patiently awaiting a commuter train to come up to my area...we're looking at having it established in 2015! Just seven more years of IBS causing, polluting travel!! *I dont' like anyone at my work nearly enough to spend 10 hours of quality time a week with them - even to save Earth - I'm horrible. The things that work for me are keeping water AND GUM in the car (ex-smoker, remember). Also, trying REALLY hard to do deep breathing instead of yelling. Sometimes I just can't help myself, but I have been trying REALLY HARD.
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