Stress-free commuting? And have more time? How is that possible?
That's totally stupid. Commuting is stressful and it only takes time. How can I commute less stressed out?
I'm sure you think that when you read the headline. How many discussions I had about commuting and how stressful it is and how much time it takes. Quasi every weekend. And yet there are some aspects that make commuting more positive. If you approach it right, daily commuting is even a form of stress management. And thus not an additional stress.
Believe Du don't? I think so. Why?
Imagine the following situation: You're sitting on the train early in the morning. It is a busy rest. The other train drivers are sleeping, reading, listening to music or talking quietly to their seat neighbour. It's not completely quiet, but there is no disturbing noise. No one will bother you.
You are not yet at work, so you are not exposed to the stress there. And you are also not at home anymore, so there is no need to do anything else here. So basically you are in a a state free of creation and obligations. Sounds exciting, right? And the same on the way home in the evening.
Take that thought and think about it for a while. Try to take this state as a goal for your daily commute. And then take the following tips with you on your way. They will help you on the way to this goal. And also reduce stress in the meantime.
Commuters have a longer commute to work or home. Ideal not only to gain local distance, but also mental distance. The longer journey home gives you time to switch off. You can use the Reflect day. And to calmly get upset about the day/chief/colleagues/customers etc. Or think about what you did well today and what you can improve.
You can take your listen to favourite musicread a book (an audio book for drivers) or simply the send thoughts in other directions. By the time you get home, you've already got all Putting thoughts of work aside. You no longer feel stressed and you need to let someone else breathe. And you can devote yourself directly to other topics and things.
Most commuters travel alone. Ideal to use the way to work and the way home for yourself. Leave your mobile phone in your backpack and enjoy the time for yourself. Don't be disturbed by other commuters. No matter whether on the train or on the road. If it is too noisy on the train, pull Noise Cancelling Headphones up and concentrate on yourself.
So you can use the time to do something Filling up with peace and quiet. Or answer important questions for you. You can also think through important issues or prepare yourself mentally for something else.
Or how about just doing nothing? Most people just wish they didn't have to do anything. That works best on the train, but when driving a car you should still concentrate a bit. But driving home with good music in the car is not such a bad thing either. You can turn up the volume as loud as you want and listen to the latest songs from your favorite artists. And no one says anything about it...
It's even easier on the train. Just do nothing. I bet you've been wishing for that for a long time too, haven't you? You have no obligations on the train and you don't have to do any housework. You don't have to do anything for work either. You do not have to do this, you do not have to do that. No one controls you. So just do nothing and relax. And enjoy the time...
Okay, meditate is only for train riders. It doesn't work for motorists. At least as long as autonomous driving does not work properly. Hence my tip for train drivers. Sit back, let everything go and meditate. There are now so many apps with guided meditations. So you can easily get into the subject of meditation.
Put the headphones in and let's go. So in the morning. better focus and concentrate on the day. And when you meditate in the evening on your way home, it helps you to switch off. Why don't you just give it a try...
This tip is also not for motorists. This does not end well. Just insert a small power nap. Many are tired in the evening after work. So it helps to give in to this tiredness. Just lean back, close your eyes and fall into a light sleep. Professional commuters automatically wake up in good time before leaving or changing trains. All others can set an alarm clock. 15 to 30 minutes are quite sufficient. So you are not in deep sleep and not completely knocked out when you wake up.
And at the same time you have Energy for the evening. I'd advise you to only do that at night. It doesn't do much good in the morning. You should make sure you get enough sleep at night. In the evening, however, a power nap can be a real Energy boost be.
My most important tip: Reflect & Plan
The best way to reduce the stress caused by commuting: Reflect & Plan. Why? You have enough time every day to plan your day in the morning. Or even in the evening. And in the evening, on your way back, to reflect on your day at the same time.
What went well? What do you want to improve? What did you get most upset about? What did you enjoy the most? These are questions with which you can reflect on your day. Reflecting helps you to process the stressful moments and get them out of your head.
And planning the day already helps you to take the stress before. By planning things so that it doesn't get too stressful. And by scheduling things in a way that keeps the stressful and annoying todos out of your head. So you are less stressed by it. Ideally, you should plan your day the night before, then you have everything out of your head by the evening. And you can enjoy the evening in peace.
So? Do you still think that commuting is not a way to relieve stress? Try out the tips and remember that you are in a state free of obligations and creation. This is the most difficult step. And the tips will help you make this step easier. And then you see, you can also relaxed swinging than the vernacular thinks.
This article is a guest contribution from Marc Frewert
I have been a commuter for over five years and spend three hours every day travelling by train. Instead of being annoyed, stressed and having too little time, I have learned to think and act differently. In the meantime I am no longer stressed out by commuting, have time for everything and am no longer annoyed by it. And I report about it on my blog (and soon podcast). Here I show you how you can commute more stress-free and have more time. True to the motto: "More time. More life. Better Commuting."