How to Upgrade Your Morning Commute

I don’t know about you, but my commute to work is one of my favorite times of my day. I know you’re already probably saying “waaaaait, why?” For starters, I have about a 30 minute commute to work, and up until recently, I absolutely hated my commute. It exhausted me. I had too much time to sit, think, and just listen to the same 10 songs on radio each morning. Now that I know how to take advantage of a longer commute, I fill these precious extra minutes of my day with empowering tasks (no, I don’t mean texting and driving or anything distracting) If you have a 15-60 minute commute, why not take advantage of it? Today on the blog I’m sharing a few awesome things you can do to upgrade your morning commute.


+Learn Something: Try a Podcast

For some driving to and from work can be utterly exhausting…. but it doesn’t have to be. Your car is a safe haven. A place to decompress. So why not make it a learning space too? The best way to do this? Listen to a podcast! You don’t even need to purchase anything extra in order to listen to a podcast. There are a TON of freebies out there, on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, ect. I personally love Spotify, and am subscribed to so many different type of podcasts. The best thing about podcasts? You’re able to choose any topic imaginable, and can learn pretty much anything. Podcasts come in any subject, and any time length, no matter your commute, you can learn so much. Personally I love self care/healthy living types of podcasts, and look forward to my morning commute now that I make it a priority to learn something each and every day.


+Challenge Yourself: Drink More Water

On my morning commute, I make it a priority to always have two drinks with me: my morning coffee (what’s left of it) and my 30oz Yeti, packed full of ice cold water. Since January, I’ve made it a priority to drink my thirty ounces prior to arriving to work. Now, I understand my commute may be longer than others, but trust me when I say this: we all need to drink more water. Maybe you can challenge yourself to drink two cups, or as small as one before starting your workday. Whatever your commute time is, I’m sure you can find the time to hydrate.


+Beauty Routines: Apply a teeth whitener

This may not be doable if you’re in a hurry to get out the door, but if you have a few extra minutes: pop on some Crest Whitestrips! I love using my morning commute after drinking coffee + water to whiten my teeth. This is also a task you can do while heading home after a long day. I suggest brushing your teeth before hand, and popping on the strips before you even get in the car. Why not utilize your commute time to sit quietly and perform a little self care?


+Nurture Yourself: Reflect

While driving with music, or a podcast is a great way to fill your time, sometimes its even better to sit in silence. When you turn off the radio, your brain is probably flooded with thoughts, so why not take the time to allow yourself to reflect. We all have many things we could reflect on, if only we gave ourselves the opportunity. It can be uncomfortable to allow yourself the time to do this, and many feelings and emotions may pop up in doing so. It’s crucial to allow yourself time to reflect on your day/week/year or certain situations. While you must still focus on driving, reflecting can be a great thing to do while you’re alone in your car.


+Connect: Call a friend

If you have a long commute, or even a fifteen minute one, phone a friend. Use this time to catch up, reconnect with a friend, or just leave someone a voicemail. Let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them, it only takes a minute. If you’re able to hook your phone up to your car, calling a friend is that much easier. I do not recommend holding the phone to your ear, not in this day in age when so many are easily distracted. If you have to, put your friend on speaker phone, so your focus is 100% on the road. I love using my commute time to call a friend, when I the rest of my day is packed full of activities/work and chores.


+Increase Happiness: Repeat affirmations

Being alone in the car can definitely have its benefits. You can sing/dance/cry and no ones going to judge or comment on your voice. The same goes with repeating positive affirmations. If you’re having a hard day, give yourself a mantra to repeat to yourself, out loud. This may seem silly at first, but in reality, you’re empowering yourself with positivity and courage. Why not choose a mantra that fills you with positivity/hope/happiness and repeating it yourself before stepping into your place of work? Try these, and repeat to yourself a few times until you believe it:

“I am brave”

“I am smart”

“Today is a great day”

“My thoughts become my reality”


+Calm your Mind: Practice deep breathing

Put on some relaxing music, or even a meditation playlist (I recommend Spotify) and practice deep breathing. I love doing this especially on my commute home. If you’re not sure where to start, look for a guided breathing session on YouTube/Spotify/ wherever on the web. Deep breathing is hugely beneficial in any and every situation. Winding down after a long day at work not only serves you, but others around you as well. Practicing deep breathing can keep your emotions in check, and allow you to simply calm yourself down. When you master this easy practice, you can carry it with you wherever you go.


What do you do on your morning commute? Do you listen to Podcasts? Share with me in the comments below!


Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.