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Hack Your Daily Commute With These 17 Tips

It should come as no surprise that in one of the few major studies ever conducted on commuters, researcher Meni Koslowsky, Ph.D., a psychology professor from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and author of the book Commuting Stress, found commuters experienced significantly high levels of stress. However, Dr. Koslowsky also found that not all commuting is created equal, nor is the stress a foregone conclusion.

Hack Your Commute With These Tips
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These tips are designed to help make your commute less stressful, saving precious wear and tear on your heart, brain, immune system, and emotions.

And, we promise, providing a calmer start or end to your day. 

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1. If at all possible, take public transport
1. If at all possible, take public transport
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Here’s why. Dr. Koslowsky’s research found that it’s not the commute per se that is so stressful, that is, the time we spend in the car.

The real stress comes from the issue of control.

If you drive your own car to work, part of the reason you do it is to feel that you’re in control.

So if you get stuck in traffic, you feel that you have lost control of your commuting experience, which is where the stress comes in.

By taking public transportation, be it the train, streetcar, or bus, you have already given up control of your commute.

If you get stuck, then, you won’t be blaming yourself for the delay.

Nor will you be torturing yourself to solve the situation.



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