Keep Calm Whilst Commuting With These Smart Mindfulness Tips

Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular as a relief mechanism in our frantic world and mindfulness expert Jody Shield, who is hailed by celebs including Deliciously Ella, has been one of the advocates driving the trend. Recent news shows commuting is getting worse, and so we’ve teamed up with Jody to look at these different stresses and give mindfulness a go.

PRACTISE PRESENCE

It’s easy to miss what’s happening right now in this moment. We’re locked into either the future, worrying about what’s going to happen, or the past, obsessing over what’s already happened. When we’re like this, we miss the life unfolding before our eyes. Before or after your journey, take 5 minutes in a quiet space to practice presence. Inhale deeply into your body and hold it for seven counts, then release it and exhale. Repeat this another six times, so you do it seven times in total.

BE MORE GRATEFUL

Consistently expressing gratitude for everything in your life alters your energetic biochemistry because when you’re grateful you release endorphins, which flow around your system and boost you from the inside out. Driving is a great time to practise this because we’re in quiet (usually) environment and often on our own, so it’s perfect for being in your own thoughts and using that to be more mindful. It’s easy to brush this off, or forget to do it, or only do it from time to time, but if you make it a commitment and a constant practice it’ll become a part of your life. Do it on-the-go, in the car, on the commute and anywhere you need a boost!

PUT YOUR POSITIVE PANTS ON

Words are energy and using positive words in your vocabulary is like music to the soul. Using more positive words instantly raises your vibes and pings you up into glory state. Examples include: happiness, joy, expansion, rejoicing, celebration, harmony, nourishment, powerfulness, richness, abundance. Experiment to find out which words make you feel high. Notice the words that resonate with you and make a list. Stick it somewhere you’ll notice it to remind you!

TAPPING YOUR COLLAR BONE

Many people can find the daily commute a stressful experience and can often find themselves feeling anxious when travelling in extremely busy environments. A top tip to instantly calm down nerves is tapping your collar bone. First, you identify your writing hand, softly clench your fist and then gently tap on your collar bones. This action sends neutralising signals to the fight-or-flight response part of your brain which can calm you down straight away. Use this tactic while in the car, walking on packed streets, or a congested train station.

MENTALLY PREPARE

Before driving or commuting during peak periods, allocate 5 minutes prior to your journey to ‘mentally prepare’. Do this by inhaling deeply into your body and hold it for seven counts, then release it and exhale. Repeat this another six times and you’ll have relieved your mind from focusing on any initial stress or tension anything you initially thought of as stressful. This tip works best before a hectic car journey or as you wait for your train on the platform.

PLUG IN YOUR HEADPHONES

Many feel anxious having to immediately step into a tight, compact space which will inevitably shift your energy and perception around the experience you are currently having. To avoid getting too anxious in the car or on your commute listening to music with a rhythm of 60 to 80 BPM slows down the activity in your nervous system, which will help decrease anxiety and lower blood pressure. Alternatively, use this travel time to listen to podcasts that discuss your top interests – this’ll have you distracted from your busy environment, right away!

This month, Jody Shield has partnered with Vauxhall Motors to launch a new in-car mindfulness podcast series inspired by the Grandland X. Visit www.Vauxhall.co.uk/KeepsCalm for more info.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break. With a background in PR working in Los Angeles and Barcelona, Charlotte has been working hard running Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden for the past 4 years. Dried mangos, Starbucks and runs through Hyde Park get this Londoner through the day.

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