Whether you’re driving, biking or taking the subway, commuting can be stressful, especially if your journey is long. It can also affect your physical health—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy and stress-free during your daily work commute.
- Just Breathe: When your commute gets stressful, stay in control of your mood by taking some deep breaths. Focus on long inhales and exhales. The rhythm will help to relax your brain and body throughout your commute.
- Bring Water: During long commutes and those with several transfers, finding time to get some water can be hard. Stay hydrated by filling up a reusable bottle before you head out.
- Work Out on Your Way: If you have a short commute, considering walking or biking to work instead. If that isn’t an option for you, take the stairs instead of the elevator and stand on the subway instead of sitting. Taking these small steps can result in a big impact over time.
- Listen to Music: While your go-to a.m. music might be high-energy and up-beat, studies have shown that it can actually make your morning commute more stressful. Listen to something soothing or classical for a calmer and safer trip.
- Sit Straight: If you’re sitting during your commute, watch your posture. Sit at the edge of your seat, keep your feet flat on the floor, draw your belly up and in, and lift up through the top of your head. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax and repeat. If you’re standing, focus on your posture by staying square through your shoulders, spine straight, and avoid leaning on one hip.