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.

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