However, my daily commute also has a habit of sending my stress levels through the roof. Thanks to the unholy union of crawling traffic, the pass-agg antics of other passengers and the blessing of motion sickness, my head will be all over the place by the time I reach the office.
The remedy to all this? My feet — using them to walk to work, that is, not to kick the manspreader sitting next to me on the bus (tempting as it is).
Whenever possible, I undertake the 50 minute walk from my home to my office. It requires a lot of organisation and the sacrifice of maybe 10 minutes’ sleep on my part, but it can make a difference to my entire day.
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First of all, it’s a two-birds-one-stone situation, improving my fitness and keeping my organs healthy while getting me where I need to be. The walk also gives me adequate time to mentally prepare or brainstorm ideas for the day ahead, catch up on podcasts, or listen to the news without distractions. Plus, it doesn’t cost a thing.
Yet the greatest benefit comes when I actually get to work.
Sure, I usually arrive a little sweaty and out of breath (I walk really fast, okay?), but I’ll always be more alert, on my game and capable of dealing with stressful curve balls than those days when I roll in off the bus. (Post continues after gallery.)