There’s nothing like a stressful journey to start the day off on the wrong foot. If you commute to work every day, and it’s getting you down, have you thought about changing the way you get to work or adjusting your routine slightly? Here are some simple, stress-busting strategies to ensure you start the day with a smile on your face.
If you can’t drive, this limits your options when it comes to commuting. Unless you’re fortunate enough to live within walking distance of your workplace, you’ll be reliant on public transport or on the generosity of others. If you do want to learn to drive, and it would make your life a lot easier, do some research online, look at reviews and pass rates, ask friends and colleagues for recommendations and consider booking your first driving lesson. You’ll need to pass a theory test before you can take your practical test, and it’s always beneficial to practice as much as possible between lessons. Driving gives you freedom and the option to travel from door to door. If you already have a licence and you drive to work every day and spend most of the commute stuck in traffic, set your alarm earlier, and head off before you hit rush hour traffic. If you’re out and about in the car during the day, plan your route before you go and listen out for traffic warnings. If there is an accident, you could save yourself time and stress by taking an alternative route.
Buses and trains
You don’t have control over timetables and punctuality when you rely on trains and buses to get to work, and that can be frustrating in itself. If you are getting increasingly annoyed by delays, try and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the bus stop or the station, so that it’s not the end of the world if the last train you could catch to arrive on time is running a few minutes late. Another factor that could induce stress is the cost of public transport. If you feel like you’re paying too much, research discounts and offers and consider buying a season ticket. If your employer offers flexible working arrangements, you could also explore the option of working from home a couple of days a week. This would save you time on your commute and a substantial amount of money over the course of a month.
Cycling is a great way to get to work if you live fairly close to your workplace. You won’t have to worry about traffic, and you’ll be increasing your daily activity levels, which is good for your health. If you do cycle to work, leave in plenty of time, stick to cycle paths where possible, and wear high-visibility clothing and a helmet. Use your lights if it’s dark or foggy and be mindful of drivers and pedestrians.
Is your daily commute stressing you out? Are you tired of waiting for buses, or is traffic your number one enemy? It’s not always possible to cruise into work without a care in the world, but there are ways of reducing the risks of a stressful start to the day.