It’s pretty unanimous that a long commute to and from work is no fun, BUT did you know it actually can negatively affect your health and wellness? On average, Americans travel a total of 50 minutes a day to and from work, which is more than 200 hours a year!!

This got me thinking. What could I accomplish in 200 hours? Could I learn a new language? Maybe I could train for a marathon, or perhaps finally learn the guitar! With most of us feeling stretched for time on a daily basis, imagine what it would mean to get those hours back! Good news is you can!! Here are 3 ways to take back those hours spent in your car:

1. Learn Something New: There are so many books on my “to read” list, and I’m constantly finding new subjects that I want to delve more into, but who has the time!! Right? WRONG! If you’re anything like me, then it’s time to use those commuting hours as your own personal classroom. With millions of audiobooks, podcasts and foreign language tutorials to choose from, your commute can make you an expert in just about anything.

2. Create Some Quiet Time: If you’re a perpetual busy-bee with little time to yourself, a commute is your opportunity for some peace and quiet. Sure, the road may not be the most calming environment, but there are a few ways to add some zen to your drive. Firstly, play calming meditational music. Once you’ve found something that’s relaxing to listen to, use that time to reflect on uplifting things. Rather than running through your to do list or thinking about the meeting that went horribly wrong yesterday, focus on things that make you feel at peace. Think of your car ride as “me” time and you’ll increase your wellness before you know it.

3. Get Social: With bluetooth, earpieces and built-in phone systems at our finger tips, communicating while you’re on the road can be accessible and safe! By calling an old friend or family member every day for a quick catch-up, you’re building and maintaining your relationships without losing any time at all. My road time tends to be my opportunity to check in with my Mom or to chat with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. By the time I get home from work, I feel like I’m being proactive in my relationships and staying connected.

What do you do to make the most of your commute? Share your ideas below!

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