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10 ways to reduce commuting stress

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How often do we wish that our offices were at a stone’s throw? Often one has wondered what they could do with that extra time we spend commuting to our place of work, not just once but twice in a day. With our growing cities and shrinking distances, we are probably left with having to drive long distances to make it to our respective work place. As if the pressure of waking up every morning and running through all day to meet deadlines was not enough already. By the time one reaches his destination, one can notice signs of anxiety and the blood pressure rising way up. Though it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the obvious changes and impact of commuting, but studies have shown that people commuting longer distances on a daily basis are much more likely to suffer multiple physiological and biochemical changes in the body, the impact of which could be as severe as a heart attack. It is not just the stress, but environmental air pollutants could also be an added factor.

Given the demand and expectations of our current lifestyles, it is next to impossible to avoid stressful commuting for most of us. However, to deal with these negative forces is easier than we can imagine.

First important step could be to prepare yourself mentally and physically, much in advance. You always want to avoid the morning rush. The moment you wake up in the morning, worrying about small things such as preparing documents or getting the cloths ready should be the last thing on your mind. These issues are best dealt the previous night, giving you ample time and comfort zone to mentally prepare you for your journey. Not only this gives you more time to relax, but you can then focus on enjoying your breakfast or chatting with your family or reading the morning newspaper. And when you are ready, the only thing you are left to do is hit the road and beat the office rush on the freeway.

Here are some of the other common things we can take care of.

2. Sleep well and be an early riser.

It is needless the mention, the importance of a good night’s sleep. This enables your brain and your body to relax and work over your daily tensions and cumulative stress issues, which you gathered over the day. If you lose sleep, not only do you feel un-fresh but also there is a tendency for your brain to slow down of lose focus, which in turn would affect your mood and productivity at work.

3. Rotate or alternate your working hours

Not all of us are cut alike, and we definitely have our preferences. If Mr. Robin likes to be in his office at 7, does not mean he wants to work more? It is important to realize what works best for your. Depending on your work policies and schedule, one can provide some flexibility in his work timings such as doing a 7 to 3 or a 10 to 6 shift. This would not only help you plan your day better but you are also more than likely to avoid the peak traffic on the road and spend remarkably less time commuting each way.

4. Carpooling

If you are in California or Washington (or many other cities), not only will the carpooling lane on freeways help you cut down on the travelling time, it also makes you more relaxed when someone else is driving. Along with the plus of having company, you face much less pollution and road congestions. At the same time, you earn credit for being environmental friendly. It isn’t easy to coordinate your timings with another person, but isn’t it still worth it?

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  2. Kelly Brown

    I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

    June . 06 . 09
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    August . 08 . 09
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