Commuting to work might be a fact of life (according to the Washington Post 86% of American workers commute to work by car), but that doesn’t mean that the start and end of your workday has to be negative. Whether you’re traveling to Washington DC, Baltimore, Montgomery County or anywhere else from your Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing home, here are some tips for making your morning and afternoon commutes just a little better:
Tortoise and the Hare – Don’t hurry up and change lanes just to wait. Not only is this potentially dangerous, it causes you stress in the long run. A slow and study approach to your morning commute is the way to go. Match your speed with the drivers around you and make sure that there is space between you and the vehicles in front of you. Being an aggressive driver will only serve to raise your blood pressure and endanger your fellow drivers. Everyone is trying to get somewhere, just take your time and “go with the flow,” so to speak.
Listen In – If you’re tired of the typical morning show babble, why not try out a podcast or audiobook? With the success of podcasts like Serial, podcasts are back on the map! Podcasts are entertaining while being informative. Topics and themes vary from politics to entertainment to hobbies and everything in between. Check out iTunes library or see if any of your favorite bloggers/celebrities record podcasts. Is life a little too busy for you to sit down with that novel you’ve wanted to read? Try an audio book on for size. Many books are available in an audio format. Simply check out Audible or Amazon for books by your favorite author. You can listen to a novel, learn a new skill or even a new language! The possibilities are endless.
- Meditation reduces stress
- Improves concentration
- Encourages a healthy lifestyle
- Increases self-awareness
- Increases happiness
- Increases acceptance
- Slows aging
- Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
If nothing else deep breathing exercises can help you calm down and get your mind in the right place to start the workday (or prepare yourself for your life at home after the stresses of the day). Extra bonus? Meditation doesn’t cost you a dime.
Jam – Similar to audio books and podcasts, we’d recommend turning to your digital media player (phone, iPod – whatever it might be). If you’re anything like us, you can only take so much of the morning shows (they’re better in small doses). Load up your music library with your favorite songs that will cheer you up and get you ready for the workday, or calm you down on your way home. Make a special commuting playlist and switch it out every now and then so you don’t get bored.
Before You Leave – The best way to improve your commute begins before you even walk out the door. Start simple: eat breakfast. Trust us, if you don’t usually eat breakfast you’ll notice a difference right away. Eat before you leave. Eating in the car can be a distraction and makes a mess! Even something as simple as eating a granola bar can start your day on the right foot. Another great tip is to set your alarm a few minutes earlier than usual. By giving you a few more minutes to get ready in the morning, there’s less of a chance of being overwhelmed by being late and rushing. While your bed might be warm, being able to relax while you’re getting ready is worth leaving it early.
While commuting is a way of life in this area, that doesn’t mean that it needs to be unpleasant. While there’s no helping the attitudes and driving skills of others on the road with you, do your best to make sure that you’re not contributing to the problem. Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing hopes that you have a safe and relaxing commute! Follow these guidelines to get on your way to a better trip to work.