Many of us have to commute to work. Many of us drive, take the train, cycle on our bikes, or just walk to the office in the morning.
In fact, the average US commute is just under 30 minutes long. This does not account for things like bad traffic or having to wait extra time for a babysitter to show up.
And, whether you realize it or not, this small amount of time can have a detrimental impact on your vibration. It can reduce your ability to manifest your Law of Attraction goals for the rest of the day. You may be suffering from commuting stress without even realizing it!
Here are five key warning signs that your commute is taking a negative toll. Also, consider these practical long commute to work tips to help de-stress.
Hundreds of things influence your immune system function, from the genetic lottery to what you eat and drink. However, if you suddenly seem to start catching nasty viruses way more often than you used to, this could be because of heightened commuting stress associated with an unpleasantly long commute.
To combat stress, try listening to soothing music during your commute. Try to even fit in a 5 or 10-minute meditation exercise (as long as you’re not behind the wheel!).
What’s more, remember you come into contact with microbe-ridden surfaces on public transport, especially during rush hour. Put a little extra effort into washing your hands when you get to work. Maybe even carry some antibacterial gel in your bag just in case.
If the commute just seems to drag on and on, this is a surefire sign that it is adversely affecting your mood and limiting your manifestation potential. In many cases, this boredom and misery can be dramatically reduced by doing something intellectually engaging during the trip.
If you’re in a car, sing along to your favorite songs or even listen to an audiobook. The latter option is open to you on public transport as well. Also consider reading a book, doing a puzzle, or working on a creative project (e.g. writing or drawing). Meanwhile, if you really do have to sit through a long commute, remember that this has negative consequences for your body as well.
To boost your health and your energy vibration, get up and walk around (or even just stretch).
Whether incompetent drivers or annoying fellow passengers that are fueling your rage, spending the start of your day in a haze of fury sets a bad tone for what’s to come. It’s especially counterproductive if you did a visualization exercise or said positive affirmations before you left the house.
When you’re angry, your blood floods with cortisol, inflammation increases, and your blood pressure spikes. All of these things not only lower your resistance to disease but also keep your mind in a gloomy, negative place. One of the best things you can do is find a mindfulness technique that helps you release anger.
Play (or mentally recite) that during your commute. Deep breathing can also help. Count each inhalation and exhalation until you get up to 10, then repeat.
If these types of exercises don’t do enough to combat your commuting stress and anger, consider going to anger management therapy or trying to dig deeper into the negative emotions you feel. Perhaps they’re coming from another source in your life, and simply being displaced onto your commute.
Sometimes, you might not notice that your commute is taking a negative toll on you. Perhaps you just view it as an unpleasant but necessary part of life and think you’re managing to shrug it off once you get to work.
However, if other people remark on your stressed-out attitude, scowling face, or apparent lack of energy, take a closer look at how that commute is affecting you. It may be that you have other options available (e.g. taking the train instead of driving, or carpooling with friends) that could let you start your day with a happier, more productive mindset.
Finally, recent studies on sleep quality show that people who commute for upwards of 45 minutes per day reliably report less restful sleep and higher levels of tiredness than those with shorter commutes.
So, if you’re waking up every morning feeling exhausted and low (or even falling asleep by accident during the day), your commute may be taking a toll on your sleep quality. If you can’t change your commute, try to think of ways to improve your sleep hygiene.
For example, set aside at least 30 minutes of pure relaxation time before going to bed, keep electronic devices out of the bedroom, cut out all caffeine by dinner time, and try out some new pillows to see which is most comfortable.
Why not also read our guide about how to “Turn Your Head Off” for a better night's sleep… A good night’s sleep boosts your resilience, helping you to stave off the commuter’s blues and giving you more mental energy to fuel your Law of Attraction work.