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Taking public transport might actually be good for your health (and skin)
And walking could be even better!
The end of summer vacation is never fun. The sandy beach you were running on just a few weeks ago has become a distant memory, and now you’re looking for ways to preserve your golden glow just a little bit longer. However, the most difficult part about going back to work or school is the commute. It’s stressful, it’s often tiring, and it reminds you that you’ve returned to “real life.” Since no one wants stress to cause any unwanted imperfections, you should try to walk – or take public transportation, instead.
Driving is the most stressful way to commute
As you’re probably already well aware, stress raises your cortisol levels, which can lead to pimples and skin rashes. If you want to keep your skin blemish-free, it’s important to stay calm as often as possible during the day.
In 2015 a study was published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour about how different modes of transportation can affect stress levels. It was determined that driving to work or school creates the most anxiety, due to unpredictability. Drivers have to worry about getting stuck in unexpected traffic, other people cutting them off as they drive, and even potential accidents that might occur during the commute. People who take public transportation were reported to be a lot less stressed, because there were higher levels of predictability (who knew that taking the metro or subway could actually be considered relaxing!). However, the best way to travel is apparently by foot (if you don’t live too far away), because you get to be out in nature and there’s a lot less chance that you’ll get delayed along the way.
What to do if you have to drive
Sometimes the only option you have to get somewhere is with your car. When this is the case, reduce your stress levels by doing the following things:
Use a website or app to track traffic: Waze is great and is available in lots of countries around the world.
Turn on the radio: A study shows that listening to music can make you more focused during your commute. And we like to think that rocking out to Justin Bieber (or Rihanna – take your pick) might lift your mood as well!
Pay attention to how you’re sitting: Your body tenses up when you’re stressed, making you feel – and literally look – on edge. You’ll often find yourself leaning forwards in the seat, hunching your shoulders and clenching the steering wheel for dear life. Make a conscious effort to analyze your position at red lights or when you’re stuck in traffic. Take a deep breath and relax your body.
Follow our advice so that your morning and evening commute don’t add more stress into your daily life!