With Southern Rail shutting down entirely for a few days, commuting stress is going to be at an all-time high. Your socal media feeds are probably already rife in people describing the ridiclous lengths they’ve had to go through just to get into the office. The better plan is to just work remotely but that’s just not an option for some people.
Personally I enjoy sitting on a train for 130 minutes a day catching up on podcasts and reading my book, but unfortunately not everyone has access to the same easy train links as me. It’s at this point in the paragraph that we have give a shout out to the automobile commuters. Those who sit in their cramped car-boxes for numerous hours in traffic losing their hair in the process.
Although traffic stress is more of a problem in America, the psychological drawbacks of commuting are ubiquitous all over the world. This infographic below from Auto Insurance Center displays some really important information about how commuting can affect you and the best ways to prevent burning out.
Journeys over 20 minutes leave workers vulnerable to burning out and journeys over 35 minutes leave people more likely to become cynical about their jobs.
In a study, 36% of subjects described the commute as a wholly negative part of their day. That’s over a third of people that are in a negative mindset before they even get into the office. There must be a way around this?
According to the infographic, mindfulness is your best bet to fending off the stress of commuting. Being courteous, disconnecting from the world and practicing breathing exercises can dramatically change how stress affects the average commuter.
We’re sorry if you’re dealing with bad rail services, we know how they can ruin your day. Hang tough and just remember that everyone is as annoyed as you – you’re all in the same boat, or carriage, we suppose.