With another week of strikes on the Southern network this week following the tube and train strikes last week, commuters are feeling the stress of having to take an alternative route or spending their morning with their face squashed against a fellow commuter.
We spoke to experts about ways you can keep as calm as possible during the ongoing strikes and found some of the best products to keep you going during the disruption.
- Wake up right: Train delays usually mean earlier mornings, however the dark mornings don’t make this an easy or a pleasant task. Why not try an LED wake-up light? Waking up with a gradual sunrise is a signal for your body to slow down production of sleep hormones and increase those that help you get up and go. Wake-up lights can also help you to boost your mood, energy and productivity levels all day. You can also bring them to work for a boost during the day. Grab one from Lumie here. RRP £125.
- Break the commuting taboo: Owner of FitRoots Aidan Lee says “Start a conversation with someone in the same situation: Nothing beats empathy in a situation like the train strikes. Everyone else, who is just as annoyed as you are, could do with someone cheering them up, and potentially creating a valuable connection simultaneously. Initiate the conversation, and thrive in giving before you take. This way, you will both gain something insightful from the interaction, and with like-minded professionals in your vicinity, it may prosper into a business and/or personal relationship you otherwise wouldn’t have made.”
- Stay hydrated: Dr Emma Derbyshire, adviser to the Natural Hydration Council and Public Health Nutritionist, says “”We are at the greatest risk of dehydration when we are too hot or too dry, have limited access to water, or lose more water than usual. Warm or dry environments – such as being packed into busy buses or trains may increase our need for fluid. It’s really important to pack a bottle of water if you know you will be commuting in these conditions, as water losses in these situations may lead to headaches, tiredness, and could have a negative impact on your mood and vigilance.”
- Make sure you have music: Aidan Lee says “Listening to calm music, can help you relieve stress, and get you to focus on what matters most, albeit not the situation you’re in right now. Good genres which do this are Classical, Blues, Jazz, Yoga, Meditation music, and similar. If there are too many distractions, sounds and the like around you when you are trying to meditate, read, do something important etc. this is a great way to drown the sounds out, and get down to it.”
- Something to chew: Rescue Remedy pastilles are a great way to stay calm. The handy click-shut tin makes this perfect for travelling and is discreet for your bag. Rescue Remedy can help you relax, get focused and get the needed calmness for a stressful journey.
- Keep Appy: Hear and Now by BioBeats is a simple app to help you to manage stress. Using biometric feedback it helps to teach a clinically proven deep breathing technique to reduce your stress and helps you to understand when to use the technique to maximise its effectiveness.
- Learn to meditate on the go: Psychotherapist Hilda Burke suggests learning how to meditate “The beauty of a meditation practice is once you feel comfortable doing it at home, you can start to practice in all kinds of places – on the tube, on the bus, even at work.