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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Katy Tombaugh