At some point during your daily commute, you have likely experienced all five stages of grief. And while traffic is inevitable, it’s important to remember your morning commute doesn’t have to be a pain. Say goodbye to the never-ending sequence of white-knuckling your steering wheel or squeezing yourself onto a full subway car.
Here are a few ways to make your commute not only more bearable, but even enjoyable. This can be while you’re driving, biking, carpooling, or taking the train.
Drive Your Way to a Better You
Podcasts and audiobooks make the morning and evening commute worth living. Audible has over 425,000 books for you to choose from—you could be driving in your car every second for the rest of your life and you would never run out of books to enjoy.
Have you wanted to learn another language, but never seem to have the time? There are thousands of books that will help you get a leg up on all kinds of languages, whether you’re just starting out, or you want a refresher course for the Spanish you took in college.
One of the best things about taking the bus to work is that you can let yourself go—just promise that you won’t take your shoes off.
Sure, if there is elbow room, you open your laptop and get working by catching up on email; however, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your mind. Step up your self-care regimen by unplugging your brain and starting a meditation practice.
Meet New People
What if there was a way to meet new people while driving to work? And on top of that, get access to the glory that is the carpool lane? Sure, Waze can make your commute a little smoother by crowdsourcing your traffic trouble spots in real-time. But you can also use their carpool app to find coworkers or other passengers to share a ride with.
Not only are you eliminating congestion from the highway, but you’re also connecting with your fellow travelers. Plus, by taking other cars off the road, you’re producing less carbon and pollution all while saving money on gas and tolls.
The time you spend commuting to work doesn’t have to be time wasted. Crack open an audiobook, find a little Zen, or make a new friend.
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