How would you like to get smarter, fitter and more organised all during your daily commute? Well, the good news is, you can! With just a few simple strategies, these little pockets of travel time can be used to pave the way to a happier, more energised and positive you.
Here are our 6 motivational tips that will set you on your journey to success:
Begin a Bullet Journal
If you travel by public transport, you could choose to use the time to plan and organise your life with a bullet journal. If you love making lists and having all your notes in one place, this smart way to take stock of your life might just be for you. From keeping track of your daily and monthly tasks such as shopping lists, events and birthdays to plotting longer-term goals, take a look here to find out more about getting started: www.bulletjournal.com. It’s a brilliant way to really get on top of your life and feel in control.
Move to the Music
Making your own feel-good playlist can help you to turn up the happy dial on your commute. In fact, scientists have found that listening to music you enjoy can brighten your day by causing the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. So, next time you’re stuck in traffic or jostling for a seat on the bus, try blasting the blues away with music and see how your mood improves. A good place to start with some smile-inducing tracks is Fearne Cotton’s Get Happy playlist on Spotify.
Aroma on the Go
Do you spend long hours in your car? Try giving your mood and mental energy a boost with essential oils. Aromatherapy car diffusers which you clip to the car air vent or plug into the cigarette lighter or USB port will subtly fragrance your journey, helping you to feel refreshed and revived. Go for uplifting and energising oils which will help you stay alert such as lemon, orange, mandarin and grapefruit. When driving, always avoid relaxing and calming oils with a sedative effect which may make you sleepy. Some of these include lavender, chamomile, clary sage, sweet marjoram and sandalwood.
Fit Fitness into Your Commute
It’s often the small habits we build into our day-to-day lives that lead to long-term change. Your daily commute is a great time to focus on fitness, especially if it saves you £s as you lose lbs. Walking to work might not always be practical, but you could try parking further away (even if it’s just at the opposite end of the car park) or getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. Even if you only commit to doing it once a week to begin with, it’s a step in the right direction.
Transport Your Mind
Definitely not one for when driving, but how about creating your very own oasis of calm when you’re on a jam-packed train or bus? Listening to a guided meditation through headphones is the perfect way to shut off the world, still the mind and give yourself a little space. You can achieve a state of calmness wherever you are – and the best bit is that no one will even know you’re doing it. Just 20 minutes of meditation a day is said to bring great benefits to mind, body and spirit, including reduced anxiety, better self-confidence and increased productivity. If you’d like to learn more about meditation, you can find out about our Meditation Diploma Course, here or you can even listen to the course on your commute with our Meditation Audio Course.
Study on the Move
Have you always promised yourself that you’ll learn a new skill when you get more time? It might sound surprising but your commute could actually be the perfect time for you to work towards gaining a new skill. Centre of Excellence offers hundreds of courses to choose from, which you can study on your mobile, tablet or laptop, at a time to suit you. Many are also available as audio courses which are perfect for on-the-go learning. Broaden your mind as you travel the miles and who knows where your new knowledge will take you? Your commute could become more life-changing than you think!
Safety and Precautions
Many aromatherapy essential oils are contraindicated for use during pregnancy and for those with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure and epilepsy so always check with a qualified practitioner if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Also, please take care when using essential oils if you have children or pets. If you are considering starting a new fitness regime, it’s always a good idea to check with your GP first.