Let’s face it.
Commuting is probably the worst part of your day. Work is already draining and sometimes unenjoyable, and having to waste hours of your life on the way to and from just plain ol’ sucks. I’ve been commuting quite a bit lately (over an hour one way, 3 times a week) and I’m not going to lie- it’s rough. After a few drives, I figured I might as well stop complaining and dreading it, and be proactive! So, here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of a long commute.
Driving is probably the only part of my day that I’m not staring into a screen of some sort. Sad as it sounds, it’s honestly refreshing to be unable to use my phone. Taking this time to get off social media and not answer every text or email is so nice! Instead of checking your phone at every stoplight, simply turn it off so you’re not even tempted. When you think of your commute as an act of unplugging and forgetting about the world for a little while, it makes it so much better.
2. Be mindful.
Driving is the perfect way to practice being mindful and try a little meditating. What I’ve been doing is simply turning off the radio and listening to the sounds around me. Without any noise, you definitely become more in tune with yourself! I noticed that I sometimes clench my jaw and tense up when I drive, so I’ve been working on breathing exercises to relax, as well as working on my posture. Here are some easy ways to meditate on your commute.
3. Listen to your favorite music.
On the flip side of the above, make a playlist of songs that you love or put on your favorite station on Pandora. Having the right soundtrack to kick your day into gear will always put you in a better mood! Nothing’s worse than listening to commercials and constantly changing radio stations during your commute! Plus, singing along to your favorite songs makes your drive go by so fast.
4. Listen to a podcast.
Everyone is all about podcasts these days, and to be honest, I’ve hardly listened to any of them. I know, I know! My next task in bettering my commute is to conquer some podcasts. Since I can’t exactly recommend any, here are 60 podcasts to start listening to. This is where I’ll be starting!
5. Bring food and drinks.
Driving in the morning is 100 times better when you have a coffee in hand. Not only does it perk you up, but it gives you something to do! I always bring a healthy snack like a banana to munch on so I’m not starving when I get to work. Same goes for after work- bring a granola bar or some crackers to eat on your way home to prevent any hangry meltdowns if there’s extra traffic! Oh, and make sure to bring lots of water to stay hydrated.
What do you guys do to make your commute better?