From Home → Work: Five Ways to Make Your Commute Safer & Healthier

As an employer, you may have a dream job and excellent employees, but chances are it isn’t a quick ride to and from work. Here are some tips on keeping you and employees cool during these long drives:

            • A long commute can leave your mind to wander to negative thoughts. Try listening to a new podcast or book on tape to engage and relax your mind.

 

            • Watch out for boredom. Don’t view your car as a prison. Use your time to learn something new. Some universities have entire semester-long courses available for free audio download. Spend the time learning a language or listening to a work-related seminar.

 

            • Be in tune with the tension. Check in with your body to let the tension go. Roll your shoulders, loosen your grip on the wheel and spread out your fingers.

 

            • Rush hour traffic has increased every year since the 1980s. If it’s going to take X amount of time to get to work, accept that and make the best of your time.

 

            • Use the power of your mind to change your emotional reaction. The effects of gratitude and the ability to get in touch emotionally with a sense of thankfulness or appreciation about something can turn fatigue and resentment into positivity!

 

            • Stock your favorite healthy snacks. Portion out popcorn into baggies, cut up veggies to munch on or have a cup of hot tea to go with a piece of dark chocolate. Treat yourself to your healthy snack, this will help with time management and increase energy for a meeting or an after-work fitness session.

 

Mindset is a powerful tool to setting up and coming down from a workday. Using YOUR time effectively on what powers you up is key.

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About the author: Katy Tombaugh

Katy is founder of Columbus Corporate Wellness LLC, also known as Wellness Collective. She contributes over 17 years of leadership and consulting experience and is very passionate and enthusiastic in her approach to leading organizations toward a culture of wellness.

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