Friday, 12 February 2016

6 Ways To Make The Commute More Bearable

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No prizes, to the person who can guess where I was when I came up with this blog post idea! No, but seriously the Commute can be such a drag! Something that I don't think anyone really likes. I don't want to offend any hard-core commuters out there who take six trains, two taxies and a boat to work but I have to get two buses,  which makes me a commuter! Well, I think so anyway! What I have learnt from commuting is that it isn't fun! So today, I thought I would share with you a quick round up of some basic tips and advice that I use to make the whole experience a little bit more bearable even if it is only 6:30 am *Groan*

#1 LISTEN TO MUSIC 
Okay, this is probably pretty obvious and you probably all  predicted it but seriously listening to some good old tunes to elevate that mood can really help! Obviously listening to really sad depressing tunes is probably going to have the adverse affect but you know listening to a happy playlist, those jolly tunes that make you smile, might just do the trick! If you are anything like you then you will love a good playlist! Make yourself a commute playlist which you can listen to every morning! Change it up regularly so you don't get bored! Spotify have some fantastic ones too!  I love acoustic commute!


#2 KEEP YOURSELF BUSY
Again, pretty standard but true! I always find that when I am writing a blog post or thinking up some new blog post ideas the journey always goes quicker and therefore, the day seems to go quicker! Don't get me wrong sometimes I love some switch off time where I just focus on staring into thin air! But after a while, I run out of things to pounder about so find myself more inclined to start drafting up some posts! I mean if you are not a blogger I am sure there is a ton of things you can do! Like read blog posts or watch videos! Anything to keep the mind togging and the minutes passing!


#3 KEEP IT PEACEFUL
There are so many apps out there these days that can help keep you calm and reduce anxiety when in stressful situations! I, like many find public transport a pretty anxious experience. I like being at the bus stop a certain amount of time before it arrives and I like to go sit in the same seat each time. Call me weird, but these things definitely help me reduce my anxiety and help make the whole experience more bearable! I highly recommend installing one of these apps and checking out some of the tranquil and soothing music they have to offer, if commuting often sends those anxiety levels upwards!

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#4 EARPLUGS ARE ARE A FABULOUS INVENTION
I mean, I think we have all been on that bus/ train journey from hell. That screaming mother with 10 kids, the people with the greasy hot food, that couple arguing and not to mention the fact that there isn't enough room to swing a cat! Even if you don't want to listen to music just investing in a good pair of headphones so you can block all that unwanted sound out can do the trick! Honestly, who's got time to argue! I have had a long day! I just want some peace and quiet!


#5 PLAY GAMES/ READ A BOOK
When I say play games, I don't mean wacking out a great big old board game but apps on your phone or tablet! Surprising when you are stuck in traffic or what seems to be a never-ending commute, you will do anything to pass the time! Funny enough that involves playing ridiculous and pointless games too! Crossy road, candy crush, flappy bird I don't know what's current at the moment but I did start playing the new Miranda sings game recently but couldn't get passed level five or something like that! Same goes for reading a book! I could never do it but I see so many others ingrossed within their fiction maybe it could help you pass the time!


#6 STUDY THE TIMETABLE NEXT TO YOU
This really is an if all else fails idea but I have seriously done this! Where I like to sit on the bus there is this map of all the buses that go in and out of the town centre! Now there's about 20 or so with a good 40/50 locations and I love to sit them memorising them all and all the colours! Call me sad but it passes the time! And I have no shame in admitting it!


And there we have six simple and easy ways to help make the commute more bearable! Obviously this only really applies to people who  use public transport! I mean if you get the car I don't really know what advice I would give!

Do you commute on a daily basis? What do you use to make it more bearable? Do you use any of these techniques? What have I missed of my list? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, as always x
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  1. Music and books are my favourite ways to kill time.
    When I am in an airport and I know I have many hours to wait I bring my tablet and watch a movie.
    PS. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Harry Potter! :)
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    Stella from a Looks & Travels

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    1. Ah yeah tablets are great way to pass the time! Yay for Harry Potter

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  2. I usually do the same, but reading in a car, ugh, I can feel myself getting ill just thinking about it. Car sickness is the worst! I love your photography, so pretty!! ♡

    www.simplylaurenelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I don't usually do much reading on the bus for the same reasons!!! Thank you x

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  3. A fellow commuter here! I don't have a regular job nor do I study at the moment but I still commute on a daily basis, quite long distances too. Sometimes it's a complete nightmare! I live in Helsinki (Finland) and although it's a small capital city it can get real busy in the afternoons, and Finns can be quite rude which just makes it worse haha! I've found that the best thing to do is to listen to music, zone out and not rush :D This post really is like a commuters essentials list.

    www.saarasofia.com

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    1. Oh that sonds like madness, music is so helpful x

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  4. I'm a commuter too and I really like it this post. I usually study :) as I'm a uni student x

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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    1. Oh that's good idea! A great way to cram in some extra study x

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  5. Loving the Harry Potter pics! I've moved out of London now but I used to spend the commute either just sitting and thinking about life (it's great thinking time) or playing games on my phone :)

    Zoe x | www.zoelinda.co.uk

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    1. Hahah! I agree it's great thinking time xx

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  6. I loved this post it definitely my life at the moment, I like listening to audio books on the bus too.

    http://jessie-lou3.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I forgot about audio books! Thats a great idea x

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  7. I used to always do my homework or study on the train but now I usually listen to music or read a book. If I've forgotten my headphones I'll play a game. It really does help the time go by faster! Loving the Harry Potter by the way! <3

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  8. Loving the Harry Potter pics, and when I visit my sister in Sheffield I usually listen to music or read. Lovely photography and this post is so true!

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  9. Lovely post, Nicole! Listening to music is my #1 way to pass the time. I've been listening to "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez. It's amazing! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your next post as always! xoxo

    http://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh I have not heard that song! I will have to check it out! Thank you x

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  10. This was a fab post and extremely helpful for me as I also find travelling on public transport a very anxiety inducing experience. To make time go quicker, I usually pull up a game on my phone (because I REALLY need to sort my iPod out) or flick between various social media haha! xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Thank you very much! I never have any data left to use social media x

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  11. I would love to be able to read on a bus but I get such bad travel/motion sickness that the only thing I can do is sit with my iPod plugged in staring out the window! I have started thinking up blog posts now as well though :) great tips! xxx
    http://www.samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. Aw I totally get where you are coming from! I find writing my blog posts on the bus so helpful x

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  12. Me and a book. That's all I need haha.xx

    Check out my recent post?
    I'm trying to blog everyday in half term :)
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    1. haha! A book can pass the time so well x

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  13. I'd love to do much more when I'm going to school, but as I walk I can't do much more than listen to music, haha.

    Tash x
    Www.skindeep247.blogspot.com

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    1. aw, at least you enjoy listening to music x

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  14. These are some great tips, I walk so all I can do is listen to music aha Lovely post xx

    Sophie | ssophiespot.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. you are very lucky! I wish I could walk to college x

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  15. Commutes can be some of my favourite 'me' time and some of the worst times. I love reading on my way to Uni. #6 made me smile because I thought I was the only one! On the way to school I used to study the tram routes with all its colours and try to memorise the numbers and colours (and where it went in the inner city!)
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    Caitlin
    thelittlegingerblog.blogspot.com

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    1. haha! Yay, some one else as weird as me! x

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