The Cure for Commuter Stress

You’ve just landed that fantastic job that puts you at the top of your career ladder. If that isn’t wonderful enough, you’ve also found your dream home in that master planned community that you’ve had your eye on. Your new home is absolutely perfect, with hand carved wood floors, marble shower, hot tub on the deck, everything you could ever want. You certainly deserve it; you’ve worked so hard.

This wonderful job, however, has you working from 7 am to 7 pm, rather than the traditional nine to five and traveling into Toronto. Okay, so everything sounds great, but is it? You didn’t account for the fact that everyone else in your gated community is also headed to the city and seems to keep similar hours. You’ve now joined the massive number of Canadians that commute by car. The traffic created by all of these hard-working Canadians can be frustrating, at best.

Stress and Commuting

Research shows that the stress of commuting can be seen in the breakdown of your marriage, poor health and financial hardship. Because you drive more miles than average and travel during peak hours you’ll pay more for your New Jersey car insurance. Wow! Sounds great, huh? What happened to that dream life we were discussing earlier? While commuter traffic can indeed cause frustration and exacerbation, there has to be a silver lining to all of this.

Let’s talk about how we can make commuting better and really make the most of the over 100 hours of commuting we do each year. That’s more time than a two week vacation from work would afford you. Okay, don’t focus on that – you’ll just get frustrated.

Making the Most of Your Commute

Unless you plan on moving in the near future, go ahead and focus on ways to make the most of your time in the car. Before you get in your vehicle, take a deep breath. To avoid added stress, allow yourself some extra time to get to work so you aren’t running late as well. Let’s take a look at some options for personal improvement. Be careful not to get too distracted improving yourself that you aren’t focusing on the road.

A perfect opportunity, in our age of technology, is to listen to online courses. iTunes U courses give you the opportunity to “sit” in on a class and broaden your intellectual horizons. While you have your iPod out, take an opportunity to listen to relaxing music or maybe just some of your favorite tunes. Listening to an audio book is also a great activity for the car.

If you’re a social person, try carpooling and pass the time with great conversation with friends or coworkers. If your day has been filled with nonstop meetings, you might just take the time to unwind on the way home. Ride home in silence and enjoy this bit of solitude.

There’s no doubt about it; sitting in traffic can be frustrating and often rob you of the energy you need to get through the day. Rather than allow your commute to dictate your mood for the day, take time to make the most of your opportunity. From listening to music to “taking a class”, you can look forward to your commute with optimism and enjoy your time.

This article was provided by Cure.com. Cure Auto Insurance is a company that helps drivers find affordable local insurance, even if they’re stuck driving in the commute every day.