The average American spends more than 50 minutes each day commuting to and from work. If you live in NJ and commute to NY or Philadelphia, you probably spend more than 50 minutes one way. This can add up and over time can have an impact on your health and your relationships. From increased levels of stress to not having enough time to exercise and not being able to spend enough time with your family, all of this can take a toll on your health and well-being.
When it comes to commuting, shorter is better. But if you don’t have that option how about making it easier?
Here are a few suggestions:
- See if it is possible to work from home when the weather is bad, alleviating the uncertainty that we all feel when traveling in less than perfect conditions. See if you can carpool or vanpool with someone from work. Sharing the ride will relieve the stress of driving every day. (We can help you look for a carpool)
- If you take public transit, you can spend commuting time reading, listening to music, or listening to a podcast. Click here for a list of popular podcasts.
- Try to commute at alternate times so you can avoid the heaviest traffic and shorten your commute time.
- Be an active commuter. Research shows that people who walk or bike to work are happier than people who drive. If your commute is long, you can try biking or walking part of the way and then taking public transit. (We can help with that too)
We hope this helps! If you have any tips on how you make your commute easier please let us know, we would love to share them on our blog.