If circumstances permit, leave the car in the garage and hop on the train to get to and from work. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it, not to mention the thousands of drivers on the freeway who will be glad to have one less commuter in their way. Commuting over 10 miles each day takes a toll on your physical and mental health say researchers. Anxiety flourishes, along with blood sugar levels and cholesterol increasing, all from doing something you most likely don’t enjoy anyway.
Adam Martin from the University of East Anglia in the UK got together with CEDAR, the Centre for Diet and Activity, and examined data from nearly 18,000 commuters taken over a period of 18 years. Martin says the research shows that a person’s psychological well-being is adversely affected by commuting by car, and that “correspondingly, people feel better when they have a longer walk to work.” Those who traveled to and from work via public transportation reported feeling more mentally satisfied and happier.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure why taking the subway, train or bus left commuters more mentally content, but speculation leans toward the ability to take care of personal details during that time and to prepare themselves mentally for the day ahead of them being the key. In an interview, eMobile reported with Business Insider, Martin said, “The most surprising finding was that public transportation use improved well-being.”
While the daily commute is a fact of life for the majority of people, how you do it can affect your health and happiness. Most of us concentrate on our physical health, be sure to work on your mental health as well. Check into public transportation in your area, and be happy.