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How to Reduce the Stress of the Commute

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While a lot of people love the wonders of public transport, you just have to admit that rubbing against people during rush hour is quite a stressful thing. And this even applies to those who have to negotiate hour-long (or more) drives just to get to work and back. I have to admit that the best draws of my problogging and writing work is that I don’t have to go through the stress and expense of the daily commute. Even if I was provided by a car and gas allowance by my old company, nothing seems to beat not having to weave through rush hour traffic every darned day.

Move closer to work. A lot of my former colleagues opted to rent out apartments near our old office since they get to trim down their commute times to a five-minute walks. They also don’t have to worry about waking up that early to brave rush hour. They also always had the time to sneak off during lunch break and grab a power nap. The downside is the expense of rent. But do the math, you might be able to save up a lot on mortgage, car maintenance, and gas money/transport fare if you just try relocating.

Try telecommute. A lot of companies have acknowledged the beauty of letting people do their work elsewhere by providing employees whose presence at the office as not really that important with laptops and Internet connections. Some would swear by a work-at-home or work-at-coffee-shop kind of arrangement as it reduces the stress of the commute and provides more time for the worker to go about work. For employers, this even reduces the overhead for office operations.

Rent a room. If both alternatives aren’t available. You can also try renting a room somewhere near. A small apartment where you can just stock up on some groceries, a closet to store a week’s worth of clothes, a bed and a parking space. You can drive up to your small place, park your car and spend your weekdays walking to your office. Then on the weekends, you can drive back.

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