Lately, I’ve been commuting to and from work since my fiancé and I have moved to west side of Seattle. Before that, we were living in a cute little neighborhood called Green Lake and it was a lot closer to the office I work at. So close even that I could actually walk and get there in 15-20 minutes. I’ve never had to commute anywhere before either so let’s just say those first few weeks were……a total struggle for me. Even more so because I haven’t needed to drive in the 5 years that I’ve lived in Seattle! Needless to say, there was (and still kinda is) a lot of “newness” going on.
My commute totally varies depending on the time. In the morning, it takes me about 25 minutes, give or take a few, to get to work and in the evening in takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on how monstrous traffic is. Typically, I spend most of my time listening to music. Every few weeks I create a curated playlist on Spotify and just jam out to that playlist for a while. I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes listening to music can get a little boring – especially if you’re like me and listen to the same handful of songs over and over and over again. So, I’ve started dabbling in a couple of different things when I don’t feel like rocking out during my commute. The first being podcasts. Which, listen, I totally know I’m late to this party, but it’s better late than never right?! I’m not super familiar with podcasts, but I listen to a couple:
- The Morning Toast (this is a fun one and I always end up chuckling. It’s done by sisters Jackie Oshry @jackieoproblems and Claudia Oshry @girlwithnojob)
- We Heard What (I have always loved Danielle Bernstein @weworewhat for her cool high fashion vibes so when she started her podcast, I was all for it)
I used to listen to a Game of Thrones podcast, but alas it’s no longer relevant (*sad face*).
The other thing that I do is something that may not be for everyone, but it has done wonders for me. I suffer from anxiety and depression and with all of these significant changes in my life, my depression was triggered a little bit, so my commutes were really overwhelming for me. I found myself crying a bit during my drives and just overall feeling very low. During one of these sessions, I was so in my head thinking about everything going on in my life. I didn’t want to actually talk to anyone about it (also like, don’t use your phone and drive) so I decided to turn on my voice memos and talk to myself about how I was feeling. When I say it was the most cathartic and refreshing thing ever, TRUST ME. I talked to myself for 17 minutes and it was so amazing. It was like a verbal brain dump without any fear of judgement because I was alone in my car. It even helped me pinpoint some of the deeper reasons as to why I was feeling all of these anxieties. So, if you tend to overthink, overanalyze, struggle with anxiety or depression, try this! I came out of the car feeling ready to take on the day with vigor like the boss woman I am!
Commuters, what do you do during your ride to and from work? I’d love to hear from ya! Also, if anyone has any podcast or music suggestions, drop a comment and let me know!