Every morning, I walk 13 minutes to my neighborhood’s metro station, carefully make my way down a very long escalator, and then ride five stops to work. Not so bad, right? The answer to that is: Correct—if the trains aren’t malfunctioning. And, unfortunately, I haven’t been too lucky, lately.
One offloaded train can lead to me being stuck underground for much longer than I ever wanted, and sometimes, the entire system is so messed up that I just call it a day and work remotely.
I’m not the only one with a stressful commute. And, actually, compared to those who drive, my trip to and from the office is really not that horrible. I don’t have to deal with obscene amounts of traffic or oblivious drivers (except for the few who think they can plow right through the crosswalk—um, hello, stop right now, thank you very much).
And here’s the thing. The anxiety isn’t limited to the minutes you’re in the car, on the bus, or trying not to get hit by a vehicle while on your bike. In fact, a negative experience can completely change how you view your entire day—and not in a good way.
Though you probably can’t escape this daily journey, you can try to make it better, and this infographic will show you just how to do that. May the force be with you.
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Abby is a writer, career coach, and health educator living in Portland, Maine. When she’s not trying to make the world a happier and healthier place, you can find her cuddling with her cats, hunting down the city's best coffee and grilled cheese, or dipping her toes in the Atlantic. Say hi on Twitter .More from this Author