Here's what daily commute does to the body

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED February 6, 2018 02:53 pm
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(Inside Manila) Today, Filipinos have faced the fact that commuting in Metro Manila has always been a dread. What's worse is that this can also be a problematic situation to the body, as it exposes it to negative environment that can later contribute to diseases.


Here's are few effects of what commuting can bring to the mental and physical health—and what you can do about it.


Your anxiety increases


There's no denying that when running late or stuck in traffic can trigger the feeling of anxiousness especially to those who spent the early hours of the day to travel from home to offices and still end up late.


While there's not much a person can do about it, instead make the most out of the situation by listening to music or by doing activities that can take the anxiety away while on the road.


You experience back aches


Spending hours a week crammed and slouched in a car seat has definite negative effects on the posture and the back; commuters commonly report pain and ache in their backs and necks.


Fix this aching situation by practicing proper posture anywhere, in any situation, or grab a chance to have a back massage at home or from a professional.


Your sleep suffers


A study found that people who commute for longer than 45 minutes has lower sleep quality and are much exhausted than those who have shorter commutes. It is because of the 'adjustment' a commuter has to do to make it on-time for work.


In order to get a better night's rest, one must really sleep earlier than the usual or set a schedule where seven to eight hours of sleep can be obtained.


You're at risk for depression


Unfortunately, a U.K. report found out that daily commuting can bring depression to a person who commutes longer. The study found out that these workers who are at risk are those who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep each night.


The most you can make out of this is to know if what you're feeling is something serious or something that will just pass. It will also be a good thing to accept the fact about the dreaded commuting situation, as well as knowing the  actions you can do to solve your situation.


Your happiness and life satisfaction declines


In the same report, it found that people who commute in any length everyday experience less life satisfaction and happiness than those who do not commute at all. The report specifically mentions riding public transportation vehicles for 30 minutes or longer was associated with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and happiness.


Even if you're not much in luck when it comes to commuting, all an average person can do is to always keep a positive outlook and make most out of every situation.

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