Alternative options for reducing commuting stress and positively impacting your life and health
I think you will agree when I say that, for most of us, commuting can be stressful.
Commuting to work can take an hour, 2 hours or even 3 hours a day, and it is part of our daily lives.
According to the BBC, spending two hours commuting each day is a reality for many UK workers
I commute 1h each way every day and it is not a pleasant journey! Frequently, I arrive at work more stressed and tired than I feel at the end of the day. This is not so surprising, after being squeezed in a packed tube where I can barely breathe, and don’t even get me started on train delays… ahhhhhhhh.
Well, you know how it is! So, I started thinking: if I hate commuting, how can I best deal with commuting to work? I felt that commuting was affecting my mood and my life, and I needed to urgently reduce and ease my commuting stress. I want to start my day in the best possible way; in my world that means feeling fresh and drinking good coffee.
So, how could I make commuting bearable? Or dare I even ask, how could I enjoy commuting?
I started exploring different solutions to commute to work.
Many colleagues commute by bike but this was not the best option for me. I would not enjoy it because London’s traffic is so chaotic and I do not have the option to shower at work.
Another option was obviously the bus. I really wanted to avoid the tube and train crowds but, let me tell you, you need to be patient when you take the bus. It is like riding a turtle if there’s too much traffic. I am among the lucky ones who usually get a seat, so I am able to use my commuting time effectively, reading my emails, checking my diary, reading the latest news. However, on mornings when there are long traffic jams, this only takes me halfway on my journey…
I carried on with my online research and I come across electric adult scooters. They seemed fun (they remind me of my childhood) and easy to use with not much effort required.
This was my final choice – electric scooter.
Yes, it might be expensive, but it normally costs me at least £6 a day to commute to work. So, after 108 journeys, my costs are covered. And I cannot put a price on the convenience of using this solution to commute.
My first adventure to work went smoothly. I preferred not going on the main streets and using alternatives routes instead. It was such an enjoyable, easy and quick commute. It was quite fun at the office, and my colleagues were thrilled and wanted to try the scooter… it was like a new toy. I wonder what my alternative will be for the winter. One challenge at a time, though… I am still enjoying the sunny mornings.
I wanted to share my experience on how I turned a stressful situation into an enjoyable daily activity. Now it’s down to you to think outside the box for alternative ways to commute. Remember, not every solution fits everybody, so find the best one for you.
I would love to hear about your commuting experience in the comments below.